Nikkan Sports (via Babelfish) is reporting that Aram Malang and Tobacco Monopoly have been kicked out of the ACL tournament, Leaving Tokyo Verdy to play a home and home against Ulsan........the Tokyo Verdy homepage translation on Babelfish is saying that Ulsan advances or both teams advance?????? I'm really not sure about this. Anyhow, more games is the last thing this team needs so cutting out trips to Thailand and Indonesia are nothing but positive.
More details when I can get a better translation.
Long story short.........Arema Malang, Tobacco Monopoly, Provincial Electric Authority, and Persipura Jayapura (The teams with the literal names are from Thailand, the other two are Indonesian) were kicked out of the ACL tournament for failing to turn in their player registrations by midnight on February 12th at midnight. They were granted extensions but failed to get them done in a timely fashion. All 4 teams will forfeit all games and have the games recorded as 3-0 losses.
The ACL decided to leave the tournament intact because it only affected Group F (Verdy and Ulsan Horang-I(South Korea)) and G (Shanghai Shenhua (China) and Dong Tam Long (Vietnam)). The teams in F and G will play what amounts to a home and home for the right to advance to the next round.
So Verdy will finish at least in second in their group.......4-0 without even playing a match......THAT'S RUI MAGIC, BABY!