According to AFC official news, as Riyadh Crescent cannot register the 13 players required for the match against the Dubai Nationals, according to Article 4.3 of the AFC Special Regulations applicable during the epidemic period, Riyadh Crescent is deemed to have withdrawn from the AFC. League. The group’s Tashkent cotton farmers and Dubai nationals advanced to the top 16.
According to the official announcement of the AFC, as Riyadh Crescent can only register 11 players, according to Article 6 of the AFC Champions League, all matches of the team are deemed invalid. The Tashkent cotton farmers of Uzbekistan and the Dubai nationals of the UAE won Group B. The two qualifying places, advance to the top 16.
The competition rules allow each club to register 35 players, but Riyadh Crescent only registered 30 players, of which only 27 players went to Doha at the beginning of the game.
In order to support the club’s technical preparations affected by the epidemic, the AFC allowed Riyadh Crescent to add two goalkeepers to replace those players who are positive for the new crown, and cooperate with the Qatar Football Association to allow the replacement goalkeeper and two other goalkeepers not to accompany the team before. The Doha players and two other officials arrived in time.
Despite the efforts of the AFC, the Riyadh Crescent and the Saudi Football Association still require the postponement of the match against the Dubai nationals, but refer to Article 4.3 of the AFC Special Regulations applicable during the epidemic.
The regulations read: "If a team/competing club has less than 13 players (including 1 goalkeeper) for any reason (whether related to the new crown pneumonia) to participate in the game, the relevant team/competing club cannot participate in the game. The team/participating club shall be responsible for the failure of the competition and shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the relevant competition. The relevant team/participating club and its affiliated member associations shall abide by the relevant competition regulations (if applicable)"
"Under special circumstances, and if any rescheduling will not affect the match schedule determined by the AFC General Secretariat, the AFC Competition Committee (or any subcommittee performing its duties on behalf of it) may make exceptions to the above regulations and allow Re-arrangement of matches for related matches."
However, the AFC Champions League (Western) Subcommittee decided that the postponement will have a huge negative impact on the current schedule of the AFC Champions League, so there are no exceptions. (End of announcement)
Riyadh Crescent won the AFC Champions League last season. In the first 5 rounds of the AFC Champions League this season, Riyadh Crescent ranked first in Group B with 3 wins, 2 draws and 11 points, but failed to participate in sixth place. All matches are considered invalid and withdraw from the AFC Champions League this season.