Qatar's forward Almoez Ali celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Qatar to play in Asian Cup final after UAE protest dismissed

February 01, 2019 - 5:31 am

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar has been cleared to play in Friday's Asian Cup final after a United Arab Emirates protest about possible ineligible players was rejected.

Less than three hours before the final, the Asian Football Confederation published the decision of its disciplinary panel without giving reasons.

Qatar will now play Japan for the title at 6 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) at Zayed Sports City Stadium.

The UAE soccer federation can pursue appeals, potentially to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The UAE, which lost to Qatar 4-0 in the semifinals, had questioned whether Almoez Ali and Bassam Al-Rawi meet FIFA's nationality requirements.

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