Soccer-Iran clubs threaten to quit Champions League over Saudi row

by:Petolar     2020-09-07
(Reuters)-
Iran could withdraw from Asia\'s biggest club tournament, and if they are prevented from hosting a match against Saudi Arabia\'s club due to a breakdown in the relationship between regional rivals, an official with Iran\'s football champion Sepahan said.
Last month, four Saudi clubs complained to the Asian Football Federation that their participation in the AFC Champions League in Iran was unsafe.
The AFC is considering playing in neutral areas.
\"I hope there will be a solution, but we are considering quitting the Champions League if they insist on getting third place (neutral venue)
Rassol Khorvash, team manager at Sepahan, told Reuters on Monday.
Saudi Arabia cut off all ties with Iran last month. Saudi Arabia had executed a prominent Shiite cleric who was attacked by the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
Last month, AFC said that if \"normal relations\" have not resumed by March 15, the competition between the clubs of the two countries will take place at a neutral venue.
\"We are waiting for the AFC decision,\" Khorvash told Reuters . \".
\"All the managers of the club have met and this is one of the ideas for the discussion.
Hovash said there are three Iranian clubs in this year\'s ACL
Saphan, tractor saz and Isfahan-Headquartered in Zob Ahan-
He also spoke with the Iranian Football Association and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the matter.
AfC postponed six groups last month. stage Saudi-
Iran will have more time to conduct an independent assessment of the safety and security issues between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
But it dismissed the UAE Football Association\'s motion to transfer the Emirates club\'s game from Iran, and Khorvash said the Saudi complaint should also be dismissed.
\"They are looking for excuses that should not be involved in the campaign no matter what happens politically,\" he said . \".
\"We have received them without any problems, we have been hosting them for many years, they have never happened anything, any Arab country in the world, any other club, no national team will come to Iran.
Saudi Arabian giant Al-
However, hilar disagrees. The 13-
The Times domestic champion, who twice won the Champions League in the name of the Asian Club Championship, said after a match with Iranian fool Khuzestan last year that they
Media reported at the time that after clashes between local Arab supporters of the visiting Saudi team and a group of Persian fans, police arrested several fans.
\"There has been a political problem between the two countries this year, and we think it is more dangerous than last year,\" team spokesman Sami Abu kuidale told Reuters . \".
The president of the Iranian football league, Mehdi Taj, told news television last month that Al Hilal had previously protested for alleged racist slogans during the race in Tehran, and complain about their water bottle on the other side of Isfahan
Last year, after a row between FIFA and AFC, the World Cup qualifiers in Saudi Arabia moved from the Palestinian region to Jordan. Al-
Hilal\'s Khudair says he wants his team to move to \"Qatar, Oman, or anywhere\" in the C-group match at Tractor Sazi in May 3 \".
The tractor director, Majid Abbas, expressed disappointment and questioned whether Saudi Arabia had violated FIFA rules for political intervention in the campaign.
\"This is not a matter of national security.
\"It\'s about politics,\" he told Reuters . \"
\"Our Saudi counterparts, intervention in sports is a rather political issue, and FIFA is not allowed to do so.
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