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Al Nassr faces a significant impediment in the lead-up to their AFC Champions League Round of 16 match against Al Fayha. Following a thorough investigation into the actions of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s three teammates, it has been determined that they failed to join the Saudi Arabia camp ahead of the AFC Asia Cup. As a result, all the players are reportedly facing the consequences of suspension and fines. The implicated players include Sultan Al-Ghannam, Nawaf Al-Aqidi, and Mohammed Maran from Al Nassr.

Earlier this month, an inquiry was initiated to ascertain whether there was a deliberate violation in response to a call-up for national team participation.

Things are not looking good for the Al Nassr stars, what’s the final decision?


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A recent determination instituted by The Professionalism Committee imposed monetary penalties on these 3 athletes. Firstly, Sultan Al-Ghannam has reportedly incurred a fine totaling approximately $53k because of his appeal to be excused from participating in training at the national team’s camp. However, he managed to avoid suspension.

On another note is Mohammed Maran, who will reportedly face both a 1-month suspension as well as a fine of roughly $53k after requesting dismissal post-final listing announcement within the national team’s camping group. Concluding this trio list is Nawaf Al-Aqidi whose punishments reportedly tally up to an approximated $80K financial imposition and a five-month suspension.


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Unfortunately, this ban signifies the end of the season for the Saudi goalkeeper with Al Nassr. Additional reports indicate that Nawaf Al-Aqidi conveyed derogatory messages to the team’s administrators, exacerbating the severity of the penalty. Regarding Cristiano Ronaldo, he has not yet reacted to the news. However, he did express his support during the ongoing investigation.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s word of support!


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Last week, Cristiano Ronaldo chose to reportedly respond to the ongoing investigation surrounding his teammates. Amid heightened observation and inquiry, CR7 stepped forward in a testament of loyalty towards his comrades. He publicized a statement saying, “This time we must stop with the duo Sultan Al-Ghannam and Nawaf Al-Aqidi in light of the current crisis… We are a united family and we must join hands.”

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Regrettably, despite the backing of such a prominent figure, the consequences have not gone unnoticed. It will be interesting to observe how Al Nassr copes with this immense setback.


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Saransh Chauhan


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