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Clearly, this Asian Champions League is very lively. During the first day, Neymar and Al-Hilal hit the headlines. The Saudi club had to settle for a draw against Navbahor and the Brazilian star stood out for his foul behavior. This time, the start of the second day was marked by an unexpected event to say the least. Al-Ittihad, Karim Benzema’s team, traveled to Iran to face Sepahan yesterday at 6 p.m. However, the players of the Saudi club refused to enter the pitch. The reason ? Several statues were placed at the entrances to the field, including one bearing the image of Qassem Suleimani, a former military leader influential in the Middle East. Enough to cause, initially, the delay of the kick-off. In the end, the match had to be canceled, as indicated by the Asian Confederation (AFC).
“The 2023/24 AFC Champions League™ Group C match between Sepahan FC and Al Ittihad FC, which was scheduled to take place at the Naghsh-e-Jahan Stadium in Isfahan this evening, has been canceled due to unforeseen and unforeseeable circumstances. The AFC reiterates its commitment to ensuring the safety of players, match officials, spectators and all stakeholders involved. This question will now be submitted to the competent committees. » The following ? The Saudi Football Federation also published a statement on its official website to support Al-Ittihad, whose team returned to Saudi Arabia.
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Tensions in Iran
“The Saudi Football Federation followed the match between the national representative, the Al-Ittihad club, and its host, Sepahan Isfahan, of Iran, scheduled for Monday evening in the second round of the AFC Champions League. In turn, the Saudi Federation welcomes the Asian Football Confederation’s concern to organize the match in appropriate conditions, which the Saudi Federation noted through the continuous monitoring of its representatives who accompanied the Al-Ittihad club in Iran. The Saudi Federation affirms its full support for the Al-Ittihad Club and takes all legal measures to preserve the rights of the Al-Ittihad Club. »
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But that’s not all since Esteghlal News claims for its part that the Saudi authorities have also asked the Al-Hilal club, which also plays in Iran against Nassaji Mazandaran, to return to the country! For the moment, Neymar’s team has not made any specific announcement and yesterday published photos of the players training on the Iranian pitch.
Pub. 03/10/2023 08:47 Updated 03/10/2023 09:14
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