AFC accepts Oryxes’ appeal, rejects Ahli

A decision by the Asian Football Confederation  Appeal Committee  has reversed the result of the Al Wahda (SYR) vs Al Dhahria (PLE) AFC Cup match, which was scheduled to be played on March 9, 2016.
The Committee decided that Al Wahda, not Al Dharia, was the party having caused the cancellation of the match. This means that the final score of the match is Al Wahda 0, Al Dharia 3.
A large contingent of Palestinian players were denied entry into Lebanon after it was discovered they also held Israeli citizenship. This despite the fact that many of the same players had entered Lebanon in August when the national team played Lebanon to a scoreless draw in Sidon. 
The match means that Palestine effectively finished second place in the group. Al-Wahda were 4-0 losers to Al-Ahed (LIB) in the Round of 16. No announcement was made as to a replay of that fixture with Al Dharia in their place. 
The AFC Disciplinary Committee had previously ordered the match to be forfeited in favor of Al Wahda.
The return fixture slated to be played in Palestine was awarded to Al-Wahda by a 3-0 administrative scoreline.
Meanwhile, the AFC rejected Ahli Al-Khaleel’s appeal effectively continuing the policy of accommodating teams who choose not to play in Palestine. 

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