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Decision to move AFC matches out of Iran is political, Iranian leader’s aide says

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The decision to move Asian Football Confederation (AFC) matches out of Iran is unprofessional and political, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, said on Wednesday.

The official IRNA news agency quoted the Asian football governing body as saying on Wednesday that AFC shifted two preliminary matches in its elite club competition from Iran to other venues.

It added that the development was because of security concerns.

“This is an unsporting and unprofessional move. As we examined it, we realise this has become a political issue,” Vaezi said.

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Edited by: Joseph Edeh and Olawale Alabi)

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