Jan 25, 2016, 6:21 PM
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AFC rejects UAE call for playing games against Iran in neutral countries

Tehran, Jan 25, IRNA – A call by the United Arab Emirates for playing all its national and club games against Iranian teams in neutral countries was rejected by AFC Competitions Committee, according to Alireza Assadi, the secretary-general of Iran Football Federation.

During the committee meeting, the member countries underlined that political issues should not be allowed to interfere in football issues, Assadi said.

He said that over the past two days Iranian football officials have had intensive talks with officials from AFC and the Competitions Committee and have responded to claims by Saudi Arabia and UAE.

'As admitted by everyone, Iran is a safe country and is easily capable of providing the security of football matches,' Assadi said.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation and United Arab Emirates Football Association have asked for the switch of any national and club games to assure the safety and security of the teams and accompanying delegations.

The call by the two federations followed the storming of two Saudi diplomatic sites in Iran after Riyadh's brutal execution of a prominent Shia cleric.