One of UAE’s highly respected sports journalist Yasir Abbasher has written an article slamming the country’s federation for refusing to name Asamoah Gyan as the league’s best player instead of a tempestuous Brazilian Grafite.
Below is the full article
Abu Dhabi: Foreign professionals in the UAE are not only asked to play football, but also to teach and guide their younger colleagues and be role models to juniors, especially at times like this when professionalism in the Pro-League is still young.
Taking all this into consideration, the PLC’s naming of Al Ahli’s Brazilian striker Grafite as the International Player of the Year, beating Asamoah Gyan of Al Ain and Boris Kabi of Ajman, raised a lot of questions.
Grafite was suspended for six matches this season for deliberately hitting Hassan Zahran of Al Dhafra without the ball, when his opponent was lying down beneath him, which led to the young defender breaking three teeth and being forced to travel abroad for treat...