DOHA: A Qatari official and senior Asian Cup tournament organiser arrived in the United Arab Emirates on Friday (Jan 4) after sources close to the matter confirmed he had been denied entry 24 hours earlier, amid a simmering diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Saoud Al-Mohannadi, Qatar Football Association (QFA) Vice President, has arrived in the United Arab Emirates for the Asian Cup football tournament after reportedly being barred entry 24 hours earlier. (Photo: AFP/Stringer) Saoud al-Mohannadi, vice-president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) and the Qatar Football Association, arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday morning, the AFC said. Mohannadi is also chair of the Asian Cup’s organising committee. An AFC statement on Thursday said it was “aware of reports that [Mohannadi] … was unable to travel to the United Arab Emirates from Muscat in Oman”. “We are investigating the situation as we were assured of visas and entry permits for all AFC Organising Committee and Executive Members,” the AFC said. However, Aref Hamad al-Awani, the Emirati Local Organising Committee tournament director denied to AFP that anyone had been stopped from entering the country. “The news is not true,” he said. “Saoud (al-Mohannadi) arrived today to Abu Dhabi and preparing… Read full this story
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