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Iran: ‘Clubs to quit AFC Champions League over home game ban’

Iranian team Persepolis’ players celebrate a goal during the AFC Champions League match against Qatar’s Al Sadd in Tehran

Iran’s four teams in the Asian Football Confederation Champions League say they will refuse to play if they cannot host home games, says the Mehr news agency.

Football’s governing body in Iran has claimed the confederation (AFC) had banned its teams from staging fixtures in the country.

It said the AFC wanted fixtures involving Iranian teams to take place at neutral venues.

The move comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States.

The Iranian football federation said it would announce a “final position” in the “following days”.

Iran has four teams – Persepolis, Esteghlal, Sepahan and Shahr Khodro – in the AFC Champions League, and they are expected to be consulted on Saturday.

However, the Mehr news agency said the clubs will send a joint letter to the AFC to say they will drop out if they cannot host games.