Al Wasl has revealed its shock after goalkeeper Majed Nasser sensationally retired from football in the wake of his 17-match ban for slapping Al Ahli coach Quique Sanchez Flores.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper, who has 61 caps for UAE, called it quits on the Game Over programme on Abu Dhabi Sports Channel on Friday night after the UAE FA Disciplinary Committee's decision earlier in the week to award him the lengthy suspension.
Al Wasl had hinted they would appeal the suspension which they felt was "excessive" however the goalkeeper has decided to retire in order to not "complicate things".
"I drop my right to appeal and will not do so in order not to complicate things and drag this issue any longer," Nasser said.
"I accept the Disciplinary Committee's decision but at the same time I personally think that the decision exceeded expectations and was exaggerated and harsh and is enough to end my football career.
"This ban made me think about my career and to weigh my options and therefore I have taken the decision to retire from football completely. I have sent a letter to Al Wasl Club informing them of my decision.
"I don't want to be a burden on my club and get in their way of success and development. I have only seen good things from Al Wasl and they have always supported me in every step I took. They should not pay the price of my suspension.
"A 17-match ban is a catastrophe for the team and for me personally."
In a club statement, Al Wasl said they were surprised by their player's decision and would try to convince him to reverse it.
“Al Wasl Football Club’s management is surprised by Majed Nasser’s recent comment about his decision to retire from football but at the same time the management understand his frustration and the feelings he is going through following the 17-match ban that he received,” the statement read.
“The Disciplinary Committee’s decision is indeed harsh and could potentially hinder or even end any football player’s career and more so a goalkeeper’s.
“Al Wasl Football Club’s management confirm that they will do all that is possible to convince Majed Nasser to retract his retirement decision. Majed Nasser is a valuable national asset not just to Al Wasl, but also to UAE football as a whole.”