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Iran slams ban on hosting international football

Jan 18, 2020 20:59 IST

The Iranian Football Federation on Saturday said it would not stand by the 'illegal' decision by the Asian Football Confederation to ban the country from hosting any international matches on Iranian soil. The chief of Iran's Football Federation told state TV that if the ban was not reversed, all teams would withdraw from the League. The federation received a letter saying all matches involving Iranian teams would be held in a third country. The Iranians did not say if the decision was related to the accidental downing of a Ukrainian jetliner last week and the tension between the US and Iran.