Indonesian and Thai teams thrown out of ACL
Feb 24, 2006
KUALA LUMPUR - Two clubs from Thailand and two from Indonesia have been been disqualified from participating in the 2006 edition of the AFC Champions League for failing to adhere to player registration regulations.
Provincial Electricity Authority and Thailand Tobacco Monopoly (both from Thailand) and Arema Malang and Persipura Jayapura (both from Indonesia) failed to submit their Official Player Registration forms by the deadline of midnight Sunday 12 February 2006 set by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The Organising Committee for AFC Club Competitions, sitting in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, decided that this failure represented a serious breach of Regulation 32 G i) of the rules governing the competition. The decision was ratified by the AFC Competitions Committee. The clubs have no right of appeal.
The regulation states that 'all registrations must be filed by the deadline of registration windows: (i) Any Club that does not submit their registration by the registration deadline for Match Days in the Group Stage will be automatically disqualified from the Competition. In this situation, the team will be deemed to have lost all their matches by a score of 3-0'.
The committee was told that the clubs were granted an extension to complete the forms and send them to AFC headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, but they failed to do so in the allotted time.
Explaining the decision, AFC President Mohamed bin Hammam said:
“It is essential that clubs comply with the regulations that govern AFC competitions, and failing to meet a registration deadline represents a serious breach of these regulations.
“The AFC Champions League is Asia’s premier club competition and we simply cannot have clubs in this flagship event who show such disregard for the regulations. Clubs who pay little attention to such basic administrative matters have no place in the continent’s premier club competition.
The AFC President added: “Clubs throughout Asia have made great strides to improve their administrative practices and we can only hope that this decision serves as a lesson to show that the AFC will not tolerate such lapses in the future.
“This decision was taken in the best interests of the competition."
The AFC have decided that, despite the disqualification of the four clubs, the format of the competition should stay the same.
Group F and Group G will consequently contain only two teams. Now only Tokyo Verdy of Japan and Ulsan Horang-I of the Korea Republic are left in Group F, while Shanghai Shenhua of China and Dong Tam Long An of Vietnam will be fighting for the group honours in Group G.
The AFC have also announced that they are setting up a committee charged with making recommendations on how best to improve club football in Asia and to propose a revised structure of the AFC Champions League.
What in the world are they thinking ? Every teams want to play in Champions League and they just screwed it up so easily. Indonesian FA is probably the worst FA in the world now. :frustrat: