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Iran to discuss AFC ban on hosting home matches

Representatives of four Iranian soccer clubs will meet senior officials of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday over the latter's ban of the Iranian teams for hosting home matches in 2020 AFC Champions League, Tehran Times daily reported on Tuesday.
Iran to discuss AFC ban on hosting home matches
Amir Mahdi Alavi, the spokesman for the Football Federation, said that the goal of the meeting is to negotiate about the hosting right of the Iranian teams in AFC Champions League matches.
AFC's Competitions Committee has announced that Iranian teams, Persepolis, Esteghlal, Sepahan, and Shahr Khodro, representing Iran in the 2020 ACL, must host their rivals in a third country because of security concerns.
In a reaction to the decision, the four Iranian teams sent a letter to the AFC President Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa on Saturday, insisting that Iran is "safe" enough to host the international matches.
Wednesday 22 January 2020 18:15
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