IN PICS: 10 haircuts UAE FA would deem 'unethical'

Brendon Netto 15/02/2017

Al Ahli striker Asamoah Gyan has been named among over 40 Arabian Gulf League players deemed to have “unethical hair” according to United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) guidelines.

The former Al Ain man’s hairstyle is said to violate Islamic teachings that ban ‘Qaza’ hairstyles, such as mohawks where parts of the head are shaved.

The UAE FA has sent warning letters to the clubs of the players pulled up. A total of 46 AGL players have been warned, 33 from other tiers down to U21s. If the players don’t comply by the start of the next round of fixtures, fines will be issued and unspecified bans handed out if it carries forward into following rounds.

Football website Ahdaaf reports that Al Wahda’s Suhail Al-Mansoori was among the players named while 2016 Asian footballer of the year Omar Abdulrahman, sporting a nearly identical hairstyle, was exempt.

Apart from Al-Mansoori and Gyan, the list of players include Leonardo, Saif Al Muqbali, Modibo Maiga, Abdulla Mohammad, Khaled Ali, Ali Saeed and Ahmed Amer.

In the gallery above, we look at 10 crazy hairstyles in football that would be barred by the UAE FA.

Which one do you think is the most outrageous?

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Abdulqadir relishing Bani Yas challenge

Denzil Pinto 31/01/2017
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Happy return: Abdulwahab Abdulqadir (left)

New head coach Abdulwahab Abdulqadir is under no illusions of the challenge he faces at Bani Yas but is optimistic by declaring “nothing is impossible in football”.

The 68-year-old returns for his second stint – 19 years after being in charge for seven seasons between 1991 to 1998 after replacing Jose Gomes, who won just four points in 12 Arabian Gulf League matches.

The Iraqi inherits a squad which sees them rooted to the bottom of the league, seven points away from safety after just one win this season.

The former Fujairah and Ajman supremo has 10 games to beat the drop but insists his players can draw confidence that even struggling teams can claim points against the big clubs.

“I’m very happy to be back again and I know how things work here,” he said at his unveiling yesterday. “I know the position is very difficult and there is a big gap from safety.We will not draw out plans on how many points to gain over a period of time, we will take each game step by step.

“There is no impossible in football. If you look at Al Ain, they are a big club and were expected to win against Bani Yas (drew 1-1) and Emirates (lost 3-2), so it shows that that nothing is impossible.”

Abdulqadir, who won the President’s Cup in 1992 with the Sky Blues, has urged the fans not to lose faith and turn up in numbers in their battle for relegation.

“We need support from the fans. I know it’s not been an easy season but we need them,” he said, who has managed eight clubs in the country since arriving in the UAE in 1983.

“A few weeks ago Al Jazira lost 5-1 against Al Wahda (in the President’s Cup quarter-final) but their fans continued to show their support and we need the same from ours too.”

The duration of his deal has not been disclosed but Jassim Al Shrafa, head of Bani Yas Football Company believes they have the perfect man to steer them to safety.

“We are very satisfied to have him. He has a very good knowledge of football in the UAE and are happy to have him with us,” he said.

“The entire board trusts him and we believe he will do a good job for us.”

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Red Knights soar into second place

Matt Jones 22/01/2017
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Champions Al Ahli leapt above Al Wasl and Al Ain into second-place in the Arabian Gulf League in a bad-tempered victory against Al Nasr.

A costly error from visiting goalkeeper Abdulla Mohammed gifted three points to the Red Knights, with UAE forward Ahmed Khalil stabbing in what turned out to be the winner 18 minutes from time after reacting quickest to Mohammed’s meek punch.

Referee Ammar Al Jneibi was at the centre of the action as he produced 11 yellow cards, including two to Ahli defender Abdulaziz Haikal who was dismissed in injury time.

Ahli coach Cosmin Olaroiu had some stern words for Al Jneibi both at half time and after the final whistle.

“It is a sad victory,” said the Romanian, who directed his ire at an official he blamed for his side’s 2-1 President’s Cup exit to Al Ain last month.

“The referee gave them a goal, it wasn’t a goal. Today we played against the opponent and the referee so this victory was important.

“He also refereed in the President’s Cup game against Al Ain and gave a penalty to Al Ain that wasn’t a penalty. We won today because of the spirit of the players on the field.”

Olaroiu’s compatriot and opposite number Dan Petrescu failed to single out either the referee or his goalkeeper for his horrible blunder.

“I don’t want to say anything about their winner, they didn’t deserve it,” said the former Chelsea defender.

“Like you see, I don’t blame anyone. When you lose you lose as a team. It was a difficult match for us, we know playing in Al Ahli is not easy.”

Ahli playmaker Everton Ribeiro’s opening goal was the first real bit of class in a tempestuous first half, which had been severely lacking in quality but enthralling.

Six Blue Wave players went into Al Jneibi’s book, including Essam Dhahi for a crude hack on Ahli striker Makhete Diop.

Diop himself entered it too after protesting when he felt Masoud Suliman had caught him with an elbow.

His lofted free-kick was missed by everyone, including Mohammed who saw it bounce beyond him and into the far corner.

Before that Abdulaziz Barrada had gone close with a similar effort that Ahli stopper Saif Yousif scrambled over his own crossbar, while Khalil also struck a post with a thunderous free-kick.

The hosts’ lead was wiped out on the stroke of half time though when Nasr striker Wanderley scrambled his side level after Ahli’s defence had failed to clear a cross.

The second half was equally as engaging but mainly for its intensity. The only memorable moment was Mohammed’s flap and Khalil’s poked winner that sent the Red Knights three points behind Al Jazira.

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