x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

AFC to investigate firecracker in Asian Champions League match

Object thrown in match between Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli and Sepahan in Tehran.

The Asian Football Confederation is investigating reports that a firecracker was thrown during a champions league match in Iran between Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli and Sepahan.

The governing body of Asian football said in a statement Monday that the match commissioner reported that several objects were thrown toward an assistant referee during Wednesday's 0-0 draw in Tehran, including a firecracker. One of the objects exploded which prompted referees to stop the match for several minutes. No one was injured.

A video of the incident showed a Sepahan player picking up one of the objects and tossing it away seconds before it exploded. Several media outlets reported that it was a grenade which was denied by the AFC.

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