Respite to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr as Al Wehda’s Protest Against Talisca’s Participation Rejected: Reports

Published 11/12/2023, 1:32 PM EST

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Things had taken a sour turn for Al Nassr after Al Wehda had appealed against their opposition following their defeat. However, Cristiano Ronaldo and his side can take a sigh of relief as SPL authorities have decided to reject the appeal. Al Wehda, following their defeat to Al-Nassr, had appealed to SPL authorities over Talisca’s participation.

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According to the reports, the side had claimed that Al Nassr had fielded Talisca without permission. The player had received a two-match suspension according to Al Wehda’s appeal and should have not participated in the game. However, it the decision landed in Al-Nassr’s favor following the meeting held by SPL authorities.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Al Nassr were on top of their game as the side defeated their opposition 3-1 to keep their place in the 2nd spot on the points table. However, the team was not allowed enough time to celebrate as Al Wehda appealed against the team’s win claiming they fielded Talisca illegally.

However, the side’s claim had been rejected, with authorities claiming that the two-match suspension on Talisca does not apply to regular league games.

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“Urgent – Middle East: Al-Wahda Club’s protest against the participation of Talisca will be rejected because the player has served his suspension against Al-Khaleej, and the suspension for facing Al-Shabab in the King’s Cup remains.”

Al Wehda’s chief following the game had spoken out against Talisca’s participation. The team claimed that the player had picked up a two-game suspension following the Cup tie against Al Ittifaq.

Rival club appeals against Talisca’s participation

Al Wehda chief Tawfiq Tounsi addressed the media following the team’s game against Al Nassr. While the side suffered a 3-1 defeat, Tounsi claimed that the result should not count considering Al Nassr fielded Talisca illegally.

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Tounsi stated, “The matter is simple. It is an acquired right for Al-Wehda Club… Talisca’s participation is irregular. According to the decision issued by the Disciplinary Committee of the SFF, with a number and date. Written in this decision is the suspension of two matches in all official competitions, and the type of competition is not specified.”

He added, “Al-Wahda Club operates according to a system. We trust our reading of the scene and the jurists at Al-Wahda Club. Talisca’s participation we see as a wrong participation. Because he missed a match and the decision was for him to miss two matches.”

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However, it seems like Al Wehda’s appeal has been denied, with SFF agreeing with Al Nassr’s decision to field Talisca.

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Saurabh Saket

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Saurabh Saket is a soccer writer at EssentiallySports. While Saket has been an ardent fan for a while, his passion for the sport stems from FIFA 17 which featured Borussia Dortmund superstar Marco Reus on its cover. With dreams of standing as a part of the Yellow Wall at Signal Iduna Park, Saket loves to write about the game from a fan’s perspective giving his take on recent happenings.
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