VIDEO: Fight between football club players erupts at Qatar Stars Cup semifinal
Football club Al-Gharafa and Al-Arabi are expected to face serious consequences after players engaged in a brawl on Tuesday night during the Qatar Stars Cup semifinal.
The scuffle began in the 94th minute of the game, after Brazilian winger Nene, who recently moved to Qatar from Paris St. Germaine, began arguing with the referee over receiving his second yellow card of the game.
According to the video, Al-Arabi midfielder Houssine Kharja attempted to intervene by pushing Nene with his shoulder. Nene then punched his competitor in the side of the head.
Yahoo Sports reports:
All hell breaks loose, with players from both sides throwing punches and Kharja – in a delayed reaction after initially appearing shocked by the punch – flying into a karate kick into Nene.
While playing in France, Nene had been in trouble on a couple of occasions for his behaviour, although he was more prone to sulks and verbal outbursts than anything of a violent nature.
Al-Arabi won the match 2-1 and moves on to finals, and according to Doha Stadium Plus, Nene, Kharja and Al-Arabi’s Abdullah Marafiya were shown red cards. The first two may also face severe bans in the future.