UAE footballer jailed for three months... for insulting coach

Footage of Abdullah Qassem, who has not featured for the national team since Mahdi Ali (pictured above) was appointed in July 2012, appeared online of him insulting the head coach


United Arab Emirates international Abdullah Qassem has been jailed for three months after criticising national team head coach Mahdi Ali according to local media.

The National newspaper report the 29-year-old was recorded making indecent comments about Ali after failing to be called up to the international squad, with footage being published online.

Qassem, along with an unnamed Al-Dhafra team-mate, was sentenced at the Abu Dhabi Court of Misdemeanours on Monday having already been suspended by the UAE Arabian Gulf League team.

The midfielder, who has just three appearances for the UAE of which the last came just five months before Ali was appointed in July 2012, claims through his lawyer that the footage was leaked without his consent.