Relegation fear grips teams as QSL announces fixtures

 05 Apr 2016 - 0:13

Relegation fear grips teams as QSL announces fixtures
Action from Mesaimeer’s Qatar Stars League (QSL) clash against Al Ahli at Al Arabi Stadium on Saturday. Al Ahli won 2-0 against the  bottom-placed Mesaimeer side.


DOHA: The Qatar Stars League (QSL) yesterday formally announced the fixtures for the final two rounds of the season. Key matches for the final two rounds of the season will be played at exactly the same time, to ensure that fair play is observed. Round 25 will see three games kick-off simultaneously at 6:15pm on Saturday the 9th of April, it was announced yesterday 
These games include Al Kharaitiyat Vs Al Wakrah, Al Gharafa Vs Qatar SC & Al Khor Vs Al Sailiya which all have ramifications at the bottom of the QSL table. The late 8:30pm kick-off will see already relegated Mesaimeer face Al Arabi at Al Arabi.
Sunday’s round 25 action will see another two games played at 6:15pm, these games are Lekhwiya Vs Al Ahli and Umm Salal Vs El Jaish.  
These games are being played at the same time as they involve sides who are currently battling for Qatar Cup places, whilst the Qatari Clasico will close the weekend of  QSL action when Al Sadd face Al Rayyan in the 8:30pm Kick-off at Al Sadd stadium.
The final round of domestic football will start on Friday the 15th of April. Five games will kick-off simultaneously at 6:15pm involving all of the sides in the relegation battle and the race for the top 4 places. 
These ties are: Al Kharitiyat Vs Umm Salal, Lekhwiya Vs Meisameer, Al Sadd Vs El Jaish, Al Wakrah Vs Qatar SC & Al Gharafa Vs Al Khor.
Whilst Round 26 will conclude on Saturday the 16th of April when Al Arabi will face Al Sailiya at Al Arabi stadium, kick-off at 6:15pm. 
The final game of the domestic season will see Al Ahli take on the QSL champions Al Rayyan at Al Gharafa Stadium. These games have been chosen specifically as they do not involve sides who are involved for the race for the top-4 places and relegation battle. 
In the likelihood of the two bottom sides being on the same points, the QSL will be using rules authorised by the QFA which state the following methods for distinguishing the two bottom sides.
· Goal difference
· Whatever side has scored the most goals in the QSL season
· Head-to-head record between the two sides
· Side with the most wins in a QSL season
· Whatever side has the lowest yellow and red cards over the course of a season. If after all these criteria the two sides cannot be separated then lots will be drawn at random to determine the side that will be relegated to the Qatargas League, the second division tier.
The QSL has specifically taken these measures in regards to the final games of the season, to ensure the sporting integrity of the tournament is respected. 
The QSL and its partner the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has reaffirmed its vigilance in regards to any scurrilous activity in the final two weeks of the QSL season, officials said.  The Peninsula