MELBOURNE (AFP) – Jordan lodged a formal protest at the Asian Cup on Wednesday after claiming a bungled doping test had made one of their players be sick.
Striker Ahmad Hayel could miss the game against Palestine Friday after he was made to drink “several litres of water” as a result of being unable to provide a urine sample following Monday’s 1-0 defeat by Iraq.
It caused him to vomit and feel dizzy, according to the Jordanian FA and a team doctor said the test had to be cancelled.
Jordanian FA general secretary Fadi Zureikat said the association had made a formal protest to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) complaining about the “unhealthy procedure taken in doping test for Ahmad Hayel”.
Zureikat added: “Ahmad Hayel arrived at the hotel after the doping test (in a) semi-coma, and with hypothermia. The doping control room was too cold. The player was given water to drink for four hours (only water without any liquids containing salts or electrolytes).
“Ahmad Hayel began vomiting (and received) no medical care presence from the AFC. No ambulance was called for the player. He was suffering low blood pressure, and we had to take the player back to the hotel by private car, in a wheelchair, while he was unconscious.”
Jordanian football chief and FIFA presidential hopeful Prince Ali bin Al Hussein also checked up on the condition of Hayel by phone, according to Zureikat.
“The player was one of two players chosen by lots for a mandatory dope test,” team doctor Adel Skirji told the Jordanian FA’s website.
“Ahmad Hayel was unable to give a sample, which is normal as he had lost a lot of fluid during the game and needed more time to rehydrate.
“When (testing officials) tried to making him drink lots of water it quickly reduced his temperature and he began to throw up and feel dizzy.”
Jordan coach Ray Wilkins was said to be furious at the incident, which could deprive him of the player for Friday’s game in Melbourne, slamming the dope testers for acting in a “dangerous” manner after the match in Brisbane.
A Jordanian media officer claimed that Hayel’s blood sugar levels were low after Monday’s game and that the player was asked to drink “many litres of water”, after which he began to turn pale.
When contacted by AFP, Asian Cup organisers said they would comment after seeing a report into the incident.