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German coach urges FIFA to stop Qatar's "mercenary" football team

The head coach of German Bundesliga club Schalke 04 Jupp Heynkes called on FIFA to intervene in the affair over Qatar's national "mercenary" football team, calling the practice of buying foreign players "absurd," IRNA reported from Berlin.

"I am lacking any understanding as to how FIFA and UEFA could simply stand by and watch how anyone slips on a jersey whichever he feels like. By doing so national teams will become absurd. Stop this nonsense," Heynckes was quoted as saying in Friday's press.

Desperate to qualify for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Qatar's national football head coach Philippe Troussier is pursuing at least six foreign players, most of them Brazilians and Africans, to help his embattled team.

Qatar is facing a tough battle to move beyond the first round of the Asian World Cup qualifier, as it lost its opening match 3-1 to football powerhouse Iran.

Other opponents in Qatar's group include lightweights Jordan and Laos.

... Payvand News - 3/5/04 ... --

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