DOHA: The AFC has suspended Al Sadd forward Baghdad Bounedjah for a period of two months due to his actions in last year’s semifinal against Al Hilal.
The Algerian will miss the upcoming home and away games against Al Ain.
The news comes at a bad time for Al Sadd who have lost Hassan Al Haidous to a fracture which will keep the Qatari captain out for the rest of the season, the club said
The 29-year-old forward’s absence will also be a blow to the national team who are preparing for their next two matches in Group E of the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 next month.
Felix Sanchez’s wards will hope Al Haidous is ready for the Copa America later in June.