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Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Disciplinary and Ethics Committee made decisions on several cases at its meeting on October 27, 2017.

Clubs affiliated to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (Al Ahli and Al Hilal) and the United Arab Emirates Football Association (Al Ain) were fined as a result of not making their players available for media interviews after matches in the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League 2017. Teams’ media obligations are set out in Art 3.3.9 (Participating Clubs and Member Associations) of the AFC Champions League 2017 Regulations.

The Committee warned Hong Kong Football Association for their fans’ behaviour at the AFC Asian Cup qualifying match against Malaysia on October 10, 2017, at Hong Kong Stadium. A group of Hong Kong fans booed the national anthem and were found in breach of Art. 65.1 (Spectator conduct) of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code (Code). A repeat violation may result in a more severe punishment.

The Football Association of Malaysia was fined a total of USD 30,000 for the behaviour of its fans at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games match on August 14, 2017, between Malaysia and Brunei, and the SEA Games match on August 16, 2017, between Singapore and Malaysia. A group of fans was found to have been in breach of Art. 58.1 (Discrimination), read with Art. 65.1 (Spectator Conduct) of the Code. 

For the rest of the decisions taken at the meeting, please see here.

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