UAE player jailed for insulting coach

Abdullah Qassem was sentenced to jail for insulting his national team coach for not including him in the team


A player from the United Arab Emirates, Abdullah Qassem has reportedly been jailed for insulting the national team coach, Mahdi Ali.

The player according to has been given a three-month jail by the Abu Dhabi Court of Misdemeanours on Monday, October 19.

According to the report, Qassem made indecent remarks and gestures in relation to Ali in a video after he wasn't included in the UAE team.

Another unnamed player is reported to have also been jailed for three-month jail for same offense.

Qassem who plays for Al-Dhafra in the UAE Arabian Gulf League, has also been suspended by the club.

They were found guilty of "using telecommunications services to offend and hurt the feelings of others, and displaying a recording that breached public ethics through the internet."

Qassem's lawyer is said to have argued that the player is a victim rather than a perpetrator, as he had no intention for the video to circulate in the public domain.

Qassem's representative also suggested Ali had not intended to take any action against the player in light of the video's emergence.

Qassem has played three times for the United Arab Emirate while the coach Ali has been in charge of the Emirati national team since July 2012.

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