MELBOURNE: The Jordanian Football Association has complained to the Asian Football Confederation about the ‘mistreatment’ of striker Ahmad Hayel at a doping test after Monday’s 1-0 defeat by Iraq in the Asian Cup.
According to a Reuters report, the JFA claimd that Hayel arrived back at the team hotel “suffering from semicoma, general weakness, and hypothermia” – prompting a formal protest.
The 30-year-old “tired” player vomited in the doping room, which was too cold, and failed to complete the test after playing the full 90 minutes in the Iraq loss, the JFA said.
Citing evidence from their medical officer who accompanied Hayel, the JFA added the player and was only given water to drink, “without salts or electrolytes” in the four hours he spent waiting to give a sample.
“He was in a semicoma status suffering low blood pressure, and at the end the player was sent to the hotel by a car and not with an ambulance and carried to his on a wheelchair while he was unconscious,” the JFA said.
Earlier, a JFA spokesman said Hayel had been ruled out of Friday’s Group D match against Palestine in Melbourne after the “cancelled” doping test but the player could yet feature.
“Due to the previously mentioned conditions that resulted in Hayel’s bad health condition and the lack of medical care at the doping room, the player might be unable to play Jordan’s next match against Palestine,” the body said.
The JFA noted that the AFC’s doping officer had made mention of Hayel’s status in a report, however, the AFC said they were unable to comment when contacted by Reuters.
Hayel has represented his country more than 60 times and plays his club football in Kuwait with Al Arabi.