Saudi Arabia, Iran tensions escalate ahead of ACL group stage

Saudi side Al Ahli and Iran's Naft Tehran met in the round of 16 stage of the 2015 Asian Champions League.
The political tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran may filter onto the soccer pitch in the coming weeks with teams from the two nations due to play each other in the Asian Champions League and the Asian Under-23 Championships.
Relations between the countries deteriorated sharply in early January when Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric and Iranian protesters responded by attacking the Saudi embassy in Tehran and a consulate in another city. Riyadh then broke off diplomatic relations…

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