Tiger Fighting, September 25, according to the Beijing Youth Daily, just as the AFC defended the AFC Champions League in the early morning of the 24th, Beijing time, the Saudi Riyadh Crescent made a "withdrawal from this season's AFC West Asia competition" After the ruling, the Riyadh Crescent Club issued a statement on the 24th local time stating that the team has been treated unfairly by the AFC. The club is actively studying the AFC rules and related regulations, in order to seek judicial means to protect its own competitive rights. possibility.
Known information shows that as of the evening of the 23rd local time, a total of 18 players of the Riyadh Crescent have tested positive for nucleic acid. Although the AFC allowed the Riyadh Crescent Club to recruit two additional players to participate in Doha, Qatar. But counting these two players, only 11 players meet the team's registration requirements for the final round of the AFC West Asia group stage (the match against the UAE Ahli). The relevant content of the "AFC Champions League Competition Rules" shows that "for each team participating in the AFC Champions League, no matter what the circumstances, the number of players registered for a single game shall not be less than 13 (including at least one goalkeeper)." This refused the Riyadh Crescent team to continue to participate in the remaining games of the AFC this season, and voided all previous results of the team. As a result, the Ahli team, who was originally ranked third in the group, received one of the two promotion tickets for this group. This result caused strong dissatisfaction with the Riyadh Crescent Club.
The club insisted in its statement that the team did not retire, but was "deprived" of the right to continue playing. Even with the difficulties, the club never considered withdrawing from the game, so it decided to appeal to protect its rights and honor. The Riyadh Crescent Club stated, “After the problem arises, we have been working hard to communicate with the AFC and seek a way out of the problem, while avoiding interference with the game itself. We have applied to postpone the game (with Ahli) by 1 day. We have also proposed to postpone the elimination round. This is not only for the Riyadh Crescent, but also for all the participants."
The Riyadh Crescent Club has its own understanding of the number of applicants in the final round of the group match. They explained, “Before the game against Ahli, our entire team has arrived on the field. Since the number of players registered is not in compliance with the rules, we can accept that the game has been sentenced to lose, but (AFC) should not directly judge us. Retire, so that we lose the opportunity to continue the game."
The Riyadh Crescent Club also expressed its doubts about the "unreasonable" aspects of the AFC rules and regulations regarding the AFC in a statement. The statement read: "The AFC stipulates that each team must have no less than 13 players in a single game of the AFC Champions League. This is inconsistent with FIFA rules. Because FIFA clearly stipulates that each team has a maximum number of players in each game. There are 11 players, but as long as there are no less than 7 players on the field, the game can be played."
The Riyadh Crescent Club also expressed other dissatisfaction with the AFC. “We are deeply shocked by the AFC’s decision to “retire” our club. Although the AFC has stated that it will maintain smooth communication with us, so far We did not respond to any requests and suggestions made by us. The isolation environment and conditions arranged by the AFC are very bad. We have protested against this, but have not received a response."
利雅得新月俱乐部也对亚足联表示了其他不满。 “亚足联决定“退役”我们的俱乐部，我们深感震惊。尽管亚足联表示将与我们保持顺畅的沟通，但到目前为止，我们尚未对我们提出的任何要求和建议做出回应。 AFC安排的隔离环境和条件非常恶劣。我们对此表示抗议，但没有收到答复。”
The Riyadh Crescent Club finally stated, “We are currently collecting relevant materials and evidence and are preparing to protect the rights of the club through judicial means.” The coach of the Riyadh Crescent and former Romanian star Lucescu also publicly criticized the AFC. "We got the right to qualify for the group under such difficult circumstances. I don’t understand why we were disqualified from the competition. Since the final is scheduled for December, our match with Ahli can be postponed. Knockouts can also be postponed. We are the defending champions. In the European League, when accidents or special circumstances occur, it is wise to postpone or postpone the game. I can’t understand why this happens in Asia’s highest level club competitions. "