Throwing Qatar's appearance in the Asian Cup final in doubt, the organizers are examining the United Arab Emirates appeal on the eligibility of the two Qatari players from the semifinals.
The appeal adds another layer of Qatar's political progress to Friday's final of the continental football training in the UAE, which as a country is part of the quartet that boycotts Doha diplomatically and politically. There was an angry response from Abu Dhabi's home crowd on Tuesday, when the OAE was beaten in the semifinals, and the shoes were thrown in Qatar players after striker Almoyaz Ali scored a second goal in a 4-0 win.
The Football Federation of the United Arab Emirates now doubts whether Ali, with eight goals scored, and Basam al-Ravi meet the conditions of FIFA to play for the 2022 World Cup prize.
"The Asian Football Confederation received a protest from the United Arab Emirates FA regarding the eligibility of Qatar's two players," the governing body said on Thursday. "This protest will now be reviewed in accordance with AFC regulations." The final sanction will see Qatar lose the match. Qatar should play Japan on Friday in its first Asian Cup in the final.
One hour after the review of the complaint in Qatar, the AFC newsletter was titled: "The excitement is built to an exciting ending".