ANFA to appeal AFC fine

KUALA LUMPUR:The AFC Disciplinary Committee has slapped All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Nepal's supreme football governing body, with a fine of $7,000 for their failure to prevent bottle-throwing and stone-throwing incidents during the AFC Challenge Cup 2010 Qualifiers between Kyrgyzstan and hosts Nepal.

The incident took place during the Group C match at the Dasharath Stadium on March 28. The match finished with a 1-1 stalemate. Nepal also played a goalless draw against Palestine. Kyrgyzstan qualified for the finals to be held either on February 3-14 or May 16-27.

ANFA president Ganesh Thapa said that they have not received any official letter confirming the fine. "It is possible that the match commissioner had reported the incident according to which the Disciplinary Committee might have action upon," said Thapa. Thapa, however, said that they would clarify their position to the Appeal Committee to seek amnesty once they receive the AFC letter confirming the fine.

Kyrgyzstan qualified ahead of Nepal and Palestine on the basis of goals scored after all three finished on two points each. Nepal ranked ahead of Palestine on the basis of a better disciplinary record.

Five teams made it to the finals from four groups — Myanmar (Group A), Turkmenistan (Group B), Sri Lanka (Group D) and Bangladesh (as best runner-up). India, Korea and Tajikistan were the automatic qualifiers.