GLOBAL FC is appealing its disqualification from the United Football League Cup before the Philippine Football Federation, standing pat on its claim that Satoshi Otomo is of Filipino descent.
The UFL earlier suspended the two-time league champion for the rest of the UFL Cup and slapped the club a P250,000 fine after ruling that former player Otomo, who the club claimed is Filipino-Japanese, has no Filipino lineage.
But Global is raising its case to the PFF, hoping the highest football governing body in the country “will provide a more impartial, enlightened, and fair determination of our case.”
“We owe it to everyone who shares the dream that is Global FC to keep untarnished the name and reputation that we have worked hard to build,” the club said in a statement over the weekend.
Global stressed that Otomo, who played three matches in the league competition, is “unquestionably” a Filipino, being born to a Filipino mother, with the club saying there was a “submitted” document that was “issued by a government agency and was thus presumed genuine, giving the club no reason to question its authenticity.”
The 33-year-old midfielder was also part of the Azkals pool and even played in one friendly against Thailand last year.
Global also questioned the timing of the filing of the complaint by Ceres-La Salle, Kaya FC, Stallion FC, and Pachanga-Diliman as Otomo was no longer part of the team when the case was filed, never playing a single minute in the Cup.
Global said it casted “suspicion on the timing and true motivations behind the filing of the case, and questions on the body’s insistence to find fault in the absence of any legitimate and unimpeachable offense.”
“Instead of promoting the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship – the core values upon which this sport is founded, unbridled rivalry and unscrupulous intimidation have frustrated our efforts to strengthen our football community,” the statement read.
“In the face of all these challenges, Global FC is confident that we will emerge stronger and even more committed to be your People’s Club,” the statement added ahead of the club’s Singapore Cup quarterfinal campaign against Geylang International FC this week.