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Timor-Leste banned from 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying player documents

Timor-Leste have been banned from the 2023 Asian Cup for falsifying player documents.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have banned Timor-Leste from participating in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup for falsifying documents of their Brazilian-born players.

The AFC issued a statement on Friday, revealing a probe that was conducted in conjunction with FIFA in June last year. They looked into the eligibility of several Timor-Leste players after qualifying matches for the 2019 Asian Cup, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates.

"The investigation identified twelve Brazllian-born footballers...

 By Nicolas Anil

Kedah's Ken Ilso ready for JDT test in Malaysia Charity Shield

Jason Dasey and Singapore international Fazrul Nawaz dive into Ken Ilso's move to Kedah and his potential in Malaysia.

The 2017 Charity Shield showdown between Johor Darul Ta'zim and Kedah at Larkin Stadium on Friday night comes as a first test for the respective coaches, who are looking to make an instant impression.

New JDT coach Benjamin Mora will be especially eager to start his new role on a winning note, and prove to the Southern Tigers faithful that their team are still the dominant side in the country.

After clinching three titles, including an unbeaten run in the Malaysia Super League in 2016, JDT have every...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Jermaine Pennant signs deal with Bury after Tampines Rovers exit

ESPN FC's Nicole Asgar chats with Tampines Rovers winger Jermaine Pennant about his early impressions of life in the Singapore S.League.
Tampines winger Jermaine Pennant
Former Tampines Rovers forward Jermaine Pennant has joined League One side Bury.

Former Tampines Rovers attacker Jermaine Pennant is to make a return to English football with League One strugglers Bury.

The 34-year-old, who left Singapore at the end of October after a disappointing season in the S.League, has agreed a short-term deal with the club who are fighting relegation from England's fourth tier.

Pennant, the former Liverpool and Arsenal winger, has been training with Bury for a few weeks and will sign until the end of the season.

Jeonbuk disqualified from Asian Champions League due to bribery

Jeonbuk Motors won the 2016 Asian Champions League title by defeating Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates.
 

Jeonbuk Motors will not be able to defend the Asian Champions League title they won last year after being disqualified for the 2017 edition due to a bribery scandal.

The South Korean club defeated Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates in November to take a second continental crown but has been ejected from the 2017 competition after a club scout was found guilty of bribing referees in 2014.

The decision was taken by the Entry Control Body, a committee independent of the Asian Football Confederation...

 By Nicolas Anil

Benjamin Mora replaces Mario Gomez as Johor Darul Ta'zim coach

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey sits down for an exclusive interview with the Crown Prince of Johor and Chairman of JDT to discuss his vision for the future of the club.

JDT coach Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez has parted ways with JDT just a couple of days before the start of the 2017 season.

Benjamin Mora has been promoted as Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) new head coach following the departure of Mario Gomez on Wednesday, and will immediately get down to business ahead of the Charity Shield against Kedah on Friday.

Mora, who went to La Liga heavyweights Atletico Madrid for a month-long stint in November, takes over the reigning Malaysia Super League champions after steering JDT II to third place in the second-tier Premier League in 2016.

Much will be expected from the Mexican. He had the...

 By Nicolas Anil

Coach Mario Gomez leaves Malaysia Super League champions JDT

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey sits down for an exclusive interview with the Crown Prince of Johor and Chairman of JDT to discuss his vision for the future of the club.

JDT coach Mario Gomez
Mario Gomez has parted ways with JDT just a couple of days before the start of the 2017 season.

Johor Darul Ta'zim parted ways with their Argentine coach Mario Gomez on Wednesday, just two days before the Malaysia Super League champions face Kedah in the Charity Shield in the 2017 season opener.

No reason was given for the silver-haired coach's departure, announced via the club's Southern Tigers Facebook page.

"I would like to announce that JDT and Mario Gomez have mutually agreed to embark on separate paths," JDT president Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim said via a statement.

"This decision...