Former captain of the Syrian National team, Ahmed Al-Saleh’s career has come to an end following a life-time ban meted on him by the Syrian football association for physically abusing a referee.
The Al-Jaish defender went violent on the officiating center referee, after he was red carded in the country’s top flight match against Al-Wathba on February 3, for an unforgivable foul.
The 33-year-old spat, kicked and reigned insults on the referee and after the referee’s report was reviewed, the Syrian FA’s Disciplinary Committee found the player guilty.
This decision to ban Al-Saleh, brings his longtime career to a premature end and includes he has been banned from any sporting related activity in future, not even as coach, as proposed by the disciplinary committee of his dismissal from Syria’s Sports Federation Organisation.
In addition to the lifetime ban, Al-Saleh has been fined the sum of 1.5 million Syrian pounds, while his club, Al-Jaish, will have to pay 3 million Syrian pounds as fine.
Unfortunately for the parties involved, this decisions from the association’s cannot be appealed.
Al-Saleh made 56 international appearances for Syria since his debut with the senior National team in 2008.
He went through the U17, U20 and U23 categories of the Nation, where he has plied his trade almost all his life as a footballer.
The former Al Ahed defender was a part of the Syrian U-17 national team in the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in South Korea, where he even scored a goal in match day three of the group stage.
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