PNG's Hekari pulled from Champions League over conduct

8:16 pm on 2 February 2017
Hekari United players celebrate scoring a goal against Tafea FC.

Hekari United Photo: Oceania Football

The Oceania Football Confederation has disqualified Papua New Guinea club Hekari United from participating in the OFC Champions League this year.

The decision comes after the PNG Football Association filed a complaint following numerous derogatory public statements regarding the association made by Hekari chairman John Kapi Natto.

The OFC says Mr Kapi Natto has also made statements and organised meetings related to the formation of a new football association and a rival national league competition.

In addition a number of Hekari United players refused to turn up for national team duty.

The OFC said players and officials of clubs participating in the Champions League have a duty not to engage in behaviour that damages the integrity of football and Hekari United FC have contravened this duty.