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Jalali hopes to restart pro soccer career after receiving conditional discharge

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Former FC Edmonton striker Sadi Jalali was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and has been given a six-month conditional discharge after his hearing in Alberta provincial court Monday morning.

The 23 year old was originally charged in August of 2016 for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. But his lawyers, Mona Karout and Sam Jomha, struck a plea deal with the Crown. On Monday, Jalali only faced charges of simple possession.

The six-month conditional discharge means that Jalali will not have a criminal record after the completion of his six-month probationary order.

“Thank you to the people who stood by me these last couple years,” Jalali said in social-media post. “I want to thank my family, my friends, my lawyers [and] the Crown, for not only giving me a second chance, but understanding that I made a mistake and giving me a second chance to do something with my life.”

Jalali and his older brother, Saidkheyam Jalali, were originally arrested by members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) in separate traffic stops in August 2016. Jalali’s older brother was alleged to have $3,950 in cash and a Beretta handgun with the serial number removed, according to ALERT.

Jalali made 25 appearances for FC Edmonton and has represented Canada at the U-17 and U-20 levels. He famously scored a goal against England and Jordan Pickford in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. The 23-year-old has stated his desire to continue a professional soccer career.

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