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Iraq football hit by age fraud scandals

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first_imgBut a series of cases of alleged age fraud has put Iraq’s international football reputation back into jeopardy, with players and coaches warning that authorities have long turned a blind eye to cheating if it will bring home a win.Karim Saddam, one of the country’s football legends, said the Iraqi Football Association (IFA) “tries by any means, by any cost to have teams achieve victories and to take credit for it”.To do so, he said, “it will turn a blind eye to teams that have players with forged IDs”.The first tremor hit on July 30, when players on Iraq’s under-16 football squad were banned from taking off for a regional tournament in Jordan.Undeceived by the players’ hairless cheeks, Baghdad airport officials found that nine members of the team had falsified ages on their passports.The IFA quickly dismissed the team’s officials, who players said had instructed them to shave to look younger.It also promised to take action against “players who falsified their age”.For weeks, anti-fraud activists had posted evidence online that some of the players had voted in Iraq’s May elections, proving they were over 18.To avoid a Sh3mn ($30,000) non-participation fine from the tournament, Iraq’s under-14 team was sent to play in their stead.– Sh10mn fine –Former Iraqi international footballer Karim Saddam speaks during an interview with AFP in Baghdad about age-group fraud scandals © AFP/File / Sabah ARAROn August 1, Iraq’s under-23 squad dropped out of the Asian Games — set to begin later this month — after activists again took to social media alleging 17 of the team’s 23 players had lied about their age.The team faces a possible Sh10mn ($100,000) fine and a potential ban from the next edition in 2022.Just days later, authorities dissolved the country’s under-19 team, expected in Indonesia this fall for the AFC Championship finals.Officials said the squad would be regrouped once player IDs were thoroughly screened.Sports authorities in Iraq have tried to contain the crisis by announcing new checks and insisting that they had been caught off guard by the scale of the problem.But “people who follow Iraqi football know very well why Iraq has withdrawn from the Asian Games”, said Hassan Ahmed, coach of Iraq’s first division Al-Naft club.“It’s out of fear that a second scandal will break out after the under-16s.”Ahmed rejected claims by the IFA that the team was forced to withdraw from the competition due to the unavailability of players retained by their clubs, including Al-Naft.“The teams that meet the Iraqis in junior championships are beginning to realise the age of the players,” he said.– ‘Culture of forgery’ –Iraq football fans cheer for the national side during a recent friendly football match against Qatar © AFP/File / KARIM JAAFAROne reason the IFA may be so desperate to win is because of its isolation at home, said Saddam, who played on Iraq’s 1986 World Cup team.The IFA is in conflict with the ministry of youth and sports over revenue from stadium ticket sales and has been boycotted by major football figures, he said.Sports journalist Zidan al-Rubaie said football fraud is only one facet of a “widespread culture of forgery”.Under Saddam Hussein’s rule, Iraqis were forced to find creative ways to circumvent more than a decade-long international embargo, and after his ouster, to survive sectarian violence and jihadists.In the chaos that ensued after Saddam’s fall, thousands of Iraqis falsified their ID cards, changing their religion, hometown or name to avoid the ire of armed groups.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iraqi football has been hit by a string of age fraud scandals, with national age-group teams banned from competing abroad © AFP / ABBAS MOMANIBAGHDAD, Iraq, Aug 4 – With players banned from travel, executives sacked and a national squad that just withdrew from the Asian Games, Iraqi football is paying the price for a string of age fraud scandals.Nearly five months ago, FIFA breathed life back into Iraqi football by lifting a three-decade ban on the country’s hosting of international matches.last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ST. MARYS CLUB NOTES

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first_imgBingo in hall at 9pm on Tuesday. The lotto results KK,DN,AM,FH one winner with 3 Alison Wilson Convoy Nx Weeks jp €1050Cardaic screening 14-30 yrs olds. €45 per person Contact Julia Blake 0862611290 You dont have to be a club member or gaelic playerThe Club are running a quiz in the White Horse Inn(Breens) at 10 on Wed 13th June proceeds for the New Centre Of Excellence for The County Please come along and support our COUNTY PLAYERS to get the best facilities for all players present and future .U12 were defeated away to buncrana .U14 beat Malin at homeU12 Girls took part in Blitz at home and u 14 girls were beaten away to Milford.Reserves Reserves Defeated Moville 3-13 to 3-07 in Moville on Sat Evening .This was a good team performance especiallyfrom a number of players who wouldnt normallybe on the starting 15 .Kevin Kelly and Dean Mc Connell had first half goals while there was also some fine points from William Ramsey,Paul Mc Mullan and Paul O Leary to leave them 4 pts up at half time . Moville Scored an early goal inthe second half to reduce the deficit however the defence tightened up with Gary Mc Cullagh in good form assisted by Paul O’Leary to keep Moville at bay. Andrew Mc Namee scored some great long range points and a goal from William Ramsey helped secured victory .Good Displays from Ciaran Meehan and Gavin Sweeney.SeniorsAn Understrength Senior Team lost to Moville on a 0-6 to 1-13 scoreline .The early stages were close with Pactrick Mailey winning a lot of ball at mid field .However the forward line had difficulty breaking down the moville defence .A Moville goal about twenty mins into the Game set them well on way to Victory and The Home side scored some long range points in the second half to secure the victory .Scorers Ryan Kettle 0-4 Anthony Browne 0-2 Good displays from Patrick Mailey,Shane Mc Laughlin ,John A. Mc Mullan ,Shaun Brone and Ryan Kettle .  GAA NEWS: ST. MARYS CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:St Marys GAA club noteslast_img read more

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