What They're Saying: Felix Sanchez

"I think the players were aware that it was going to be tough with the crowd, but I think they controlled their emotions very well. It was difficult for the players, it's normal in a semifinal to celebrate, and I think it was only a few people who behaved in a not proper way, most were fair."

-- Qatar coach Felix Sanchez after his team beat host UAE, 4-0, in a politically charged match in the Asian Cup semifinals. The crowd in Abu Dhabi booed the Qatari national anthem and fans twice tossed shoes -- the biggest insult you can hurl in the Arab world -- and bottles at Qatari players as they celebrated goals. In the UAE, showing sympathy for Qatar -- which Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have blockaded since June 2017 -- is punishable by up to 15 years in jail.  (Al Jazeera)
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