World No.1 Mostafa Asal set to learn disciplinary hearing outcome

March 18, 2023 - 6:27am
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World squash No.1 Mostafa Asal faced a tour disciplinary hearing on the day of his semi-final defeat at the Canary Wharf Classic, Squash Mad can reveal.

The Egyptian 21-year-old met with Professional Squash Association (PSA) officials on Thursday before losing to Wales’ Joel Makin at East Wintergarden.

The PSA could announce its decision early next week, it is understood, but declined to comment to Squash Mad on Friday, as well as the contents of the hearing.

In January 2022, Asal accepted a two-month suspension from the PSA, following on-court disciplinary matters. “Mr Asal apologises for his conduct and will be working with the PSA moving forward to ensure that such issues do not reoccur,” a statement read at the time.

However, a second hearing in over a year could land the young squash star in yet more hot water.

Asal has endured a controversial 2022/23 season on the PSA World Tour, which has seen him disqualified from the US Open after opponent Lucas Serme was hospitalised.

He has also received short shrift from fellow professionals for some of his on-court behaviour, with unease continuing at the Canary Wharf Classic this week, while controversy is never far away during his matches.

Following his defeat to Makin in London, Asal cryptically tweeted: “Those who wronged will know which way to turn.”

In January, Asal’s father, Mahmoud, was suspended from attending any PSA tournaments until November “following a formal investigation into his behaviour during the CIB Egyptian Open in September 2022.”

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