Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya threatens to withdraw from the Iraqi League after its player was assaulted

The management of Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya Club, the leader of the Iraqi Football League, threatened to withdraw from the competition if the Football Association did not take a firm and strict decision towards the fans of the Dohuk Club team, following its players being subjected to assault attempts during the two teams’ match on Sunday.

The match witnessed riots and violence that affected the players of both teams when a number of fans of the northern team stormed the field and clashed with a number of Air Force players, specifically former international goalkeeper Muhammad Hamid.

A statement posted by the club's management on its official website on Monday said, "The club expresses its deep regret for what happened in the Dohuk stadium, including the barbaric and brutal attempts that almost claimed the lives of a number of our players and resulted in a bloody toll from a stadium in which we did not feel safe from the first to the last minute of the match."

The leader, Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, suffered its first defeat this season by losing to its host Dohuk (1-2). The statement added, “If the Iraqi Federation does not take a firm decision that is consistent with international regulations, we will take a decision to withdraw from the league competition, if the Federation is unable to secure The safety of the players, and it encourages, intentionally or unintentionally, the continuation of riots and violence, and perhaps even murder soon. We were keen to ensure the safety of everyone during the match so as not to repeat (Port Said) in our league.”

The match between Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya and its host, Dohuk, was attended by more than 40,000 spectators. Before it ended, a number of fans took to the field and clashed with a number of Al-Quwa players, including former international team goalkeeper Mohamed Hamid, whose clash, as well as his colleague, were shown in video clips on social media. Former international Hammam Tariq, with Dohuk fans, amid the inability of stadium security personnel to confront and control these events.

These events were accompanied by the expulsion of goalkeeper Hamid with a red card, and before that in the first half, a similar card was issued to international Ibrahim Bayesh. The Iraqi Federation, which fears negative repercussions and positions that the International Federation may take regarding the future of its teams’ matches on its stadiums due to these incidents, has not yet provided any clarification or comment regarding the matter. Dohuk stadium incident.

Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya leads the competition with (45 points) compared to (32 points) for Dohuk, fourth in the rankings behind Zakho, its neighbor, the second local team of the Kurdistan city, on goal difference.