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2019 AFF U15 Championship: Timor Leste U15 is accused of cheating, using a 22-year-old player

2019 AFF U15 Championship: Timor Leste U15 is accused of cheating, using a 22-year-old player

Timor Leste U15 has gone through an incredible journey at 2019 Southeast Asia U15 Championship held in Thailand. But recently, they have been implicated in allegations of age fraud.

After two rounds of matches, not Vietnam U15, nor Indonesia U15, Timor Leste U15 itself is the leader in the table after passing U15 Philippines and U15 Myanmar respectively with the score 7-1 and 3-1. With the same six points as Indonesia, but Timor Leste ranked above due to better offsets, the two teams will enter the encounter in the third match on the afternoon of July 31th.

However, before this match, an accusation on social media targeted Timor Leste U15. Specifically, the player named Paulo Domingos Gali Da Costa Freita, who scored a poker game in the U15 Philippines match is said to be 22 years old.

2019 AFF U15 Championship: Timor Leste U15 is accused of cheating, using a 22-year-old player

2019 AFF U15 Championship: Timor Leste U15 is accused of cheating, using a 22-year-old player

The accusation is even more evident when fans point out that a player with the same name and appearance has appeared in the Timor Leste squad at the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.

Besides, transfer statistics page of TransferMarkt.com player also recorded this player 22 years old with the specific date of birth is December 31, 1996. The website also noted that the suspect player had two matches for the Timor Leste national team.

2019 AFF U15 Championship: Timor Leste U15 is accused of cheating, using a 22-year-old player

Is this just a coincidence or is a case of cheating at the 2019 AFF U15 Championship?