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Kingstonian striker Ali C loses his head
Striker Ali Chaaban’s future at Kingstonian hangs in the balance after boss Alan Dowson refused to confirm whether he will play for the club again.
The former Staines Town striker, who signed for Ks in August, was sent off for seemingly headbutting an opponent two minutes after his introduction as a substitute during Saturday’s 2-1 FA Cup exit at Margate.
Convicted drug dealer Chaaban issued a single finger salute to home supporters as he headed for an early bath, leaving Dowson fuming.
The Kingsmeadow manager vowed to deal with the 30-year-old behind closed doors and it seems the exit door will soon be opening for the controversial footballer.
“I put him on to try and change the game and Ali has let the club and himself down,” said Dowson.
“He put his head in there and you are asking for trouble in that situation.
“Then he put his middle finger up to the crowd as he went off. That is just not acceptable. It was silly.
“We cannot condone that sort of behaviour and he understands that. We’ve dealt with it.
“People say he has a bit of a reputation and I’m just beginning to find that out.
“He’ll not be playing on Saturday and I don’t know if he will play for the club again.”
Chaaban received his marching orders moments after Ks had slipped behind in a game – which they had led through Andre McCollin – that would have been worth £3,000 to the club had they won.
“You have to work very hard to bring that sort of money in, in sponsorship. You can do that in one game in the FA Cup,” added Dowson.
“That is the most disappointing thing. The players knew how important the game was.”
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