Iran clubs back down on neutral venue for Asia ties

AFP
January 24, 2020

TEHRAN: Iranian clubs Esteghlal and Shahr Khodro agreed Thursday to play the home legs of their Asian Champions League preliminary round ties at neutral venues, backing down on a boycott...

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TEHRAN: Iranian clubs Esteghlal and Shahr Khodro agreed Thursday to play the home legs of their Asian Champions League preliminary round ties at neutral venues, backing down on a boycott threat.

Tehran giants Esteghlal will now play Tuesday night’s postponed fixture against Kuwait SC in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, Iranian media reported.Mashhad club Shahr Khodro confirmed that it too had agreed to a neutral venue and would play its delayed preliminary round home leg against Bahrain’s Riffa SC in Dubai on Saturday, ISNA said.

The clubs are among four Iranian clubs that qualified for this year’s Asian Champions League, alongside Estghalal’s Tehran rivals Persepolis and Sepahan of Isfahan. All four had threatened to boycott the tournament unless they could host their home legs in Iran. ISNA reported that a compromise had been reached in talks between the clubs and the AFC in Malaysia.



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