Al Shamrani says spit was provoked by Spiranovic
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Saudi Arabia striker Nasser Al Shamrani claims he was provoked into spitting at Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic at the end of the Asian Champions League final earlier this month.
Al Shamrani spat at Spiranovic after Al Hilal lost 1-0 to the Australian team.
Speaking on Saturday ahead of the ceremony to name the AFC Player of the Year, where he is on a shortlist of three, said he was abused by Spiranovic.
Al Shamrani said “I was provoked by the player of Sydney and this for me is the normal reaction. He used an abusive word away from sportmanship that provoked me.”