AFC Asian Cup 2019: UAE handed heavy fines for fans’ unruly behaviour during semifinal against Qatar

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar 4-0 UAE – Hamid Ismail (90+3′)

The United Arab Emirates FA have been fined $150,000 and will have to play one match behind closed doors as a punishment for their fans’ unsporting behaviour during the Asian Cup 2019 semifinal against Qatar.

The UAE fans at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi threw everything from water bottles to shoes and even jewellery at the Qatar players while they were celebrating their goals. The eventual winners of the tournament, Qatar, defeated UAE 4-0 in the semifinal.

An AFC spokesperson had announced in January earlier this year that a thorough investment would be carried out in the case.

“The AFC is conducting a thorough investigation into events at the (semifinal). Once the investigation has been completed, the AFC will decide on the appropriate steps,” the spokesperson said.