Asia's reigning player of the year has been banned for five months for confronting a referee in the Asian Champions League semifinals.
The Asian Football Confederation banned Abdelkarim Hassan, the left-back of Qatari champion Al Sadd, from all their club competitions until March 20 -- a punishment of just three matches overall.
FIFA said Hassan will be able to play at the Club World Cup in Qatar in December, which will include Al Sadd. He can also play in domestic games.
Hassan reacted aggressively,...