A recent decision by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) for representatives of Iran and Saudi Arabia to play in a third country is “politically-motivated,” says the spokesman for Iran’s Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
“Available evidence shows that the refusal of Saudi teams to play in Iran and the decision made by the AFC are politically motivated under the pressure from the Saudi government and the football federation of the kingdom,” Maziar Nazemi said in an exclusive interview with Press TV on Saturday.
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) recently asked the AFC that matches between the countries’ teams take place in a third country.
In making the request, the SAFF has claimed that the matches could be affected by potential insecurity in the Islamic Republic’s sports venues.
The AFC officially announced its decision on March 16.
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