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Malaga owner could face disciplinary action for “racism” allegation

Apr 10, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

Malaga's President Al-Thani and AC Milan's manager Galliani watch their Champions League Group C soccer match at La Rosaleda stadium in Malaga

Malaga owner Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani could face disciplinary action after claiming that his team’s dramatic Champions League exit was due to “racism”.

The Qatari took to Twitter after Malaga were eliminated from the quarter-finals yesterday thanks to two injury-time goals for Borussia Dortmund – the second of which looked clearly offside.

The Scottish officials also failed to notice that Malaga’s second goal in their 3-2 defeat seemed to be offside – but Al-Thani overlooked that, strangely enough.

He wrote in multiple messages on his Twitter account: “I’m sorry to go out this way, injustice and racism… This is not football, but racism and clear of all … I hope to open a thorough investigation UEFA regarding the Spanish club out in this way.”

Nor did he change his tune today, writing: “Yes, we were targeted from the beginning of the season by corrupt UEFA and based on racism.”

Not surprisingly, the comments have caught the eye of UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino, who is at the Soccerex exhibition in Manchester. He said the tweets “will now be analyzed by our disciplinary inspectors,” according to the Associated Press.

Just a guess, but Al-Thani’s conspiracy theory might be influenced by UEFA’s decision last December to fine Malaga and ban them from all UEFA competitions for a season for failing to settle debts on time.

 

 

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