Diego Maradona's Al Wasl has banned its goalkeeper for next season after he hit a player on the opposing team during a GCC Champions League final.
Majed Naser, who has had other disciplinary problems, was sent off after he headbutted a player on Bahrain's Al Muharraq team during a goal celebration at the match in Dubai. Al Muharraq won 3-1. Al Wasl won the first-leg final match in Manama by the same scoreline.
Maradona said the incident contributed to his side's defeat on penalties in the two-leg final that capped the former Argentina great's disappointing first season in Dubai.
Al Wasl finished eighth in the 12-team league and didn't win a trophy.
The Central Coast Mariners have already shown they can match Guangzhou Evergrande in terms of performance, but will need to do it again on Wednesday to have any chance of reaching the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League.