Six Week ban for Asal

World #1 Mostafa Asal has been handed a six week ban which will see him excluded from the Optasia and British Open draws …

PSA Statement , 20-Mar :

The Professional Squash Association (PSA) can confirm that Mostafa Asal has been given, with immediate effect, a six-week suspension from the PSA Tour as well as a £2,000 fine. Accordingly, he has been withdrawn from the upcoming Optasia Championships and British Open.

Mr Asal had been charged with two separate breaches of the PSA Code of Conduct under Article 4.P relating to ‘Dangerous Play’. These incidents occurred during his quarter-final and semi-final matches at the 2022 CIB Egyptian Open.

An appeal was lodged by Mr Asal which was subsequently heard by an independent Appeals Panel convened in accordance with the PSA Tour Rule Book on March 16th, a date which was agreed upon by the Appeals Panel, Mr Asal’s representatives, and the PSA. After reviewing the evidence and hearing the respective parties’ arguments, the Appeals Panel has today confirmed that it has imposed a six-week suspension on the player, as well as upholding the original fine that was imposed by the PSA’s Disciplinary Committee, the former sanction meaning he will not be eligible to compete again on the PSA Tour until May 1 2023.

As per the instructions of the Appeals Panel, their written reasons will be made public in due course. At this stage, the PSA has no further comments on the matter.

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