Azkals fought hard but had to pay price
Olmin Leyba (The Philippine Star) - January 28, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Azkals fought hard in their AFC Asian Cup debut but their aggressive play, especially in the final group match against Kyrgyz Republic, cost the Philippine Football Federation $2,500 in fines.

As an offshoot of the yellow cards issued to Alvaro Silva (45’), Luke Woodland (65’). Stephan Palla (2’), Kevin Ingreso (90+1’) and Javi Patino (50’) during the Azkals’ 1-3 setback to the White Falcons, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) disciplinary and ethics committee has sanctioned the PFF for “team misconduct.”

In a decision handed after the group stage, the AFC said PFF violated Article 53.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code as well as Article 3.1 of Circular 22 of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 with the five cautions.

This provision stipulates that “any team of which at least five individuals for football and at least three for futsal or beach soccer have been sanctioned (caution or expulsion) by the referee during a match has committed an offense.”

The AFC has also warned the Pinoys that “ a repeat violation may be meted with more severe punishment.”

The Philippines’ fellow Southeast Asian campaigners, Vietnam and Thailand, were slapped hefty fines, too, though involving a single player each.

Golden Dragons’ centerback Do Duy Manh was fined $5,000 for “holding an opponent” during Vietnam’s first game against Iraq, the same amount assessed on War Elephants’ Adisorn Promrak, who committed the same offense during Thailand’s duel with Bahrain.

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