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Iran: AFC Tournament TV Rights Cut over Sanctions

Iran: AFC Tournament TV Rights Cut over Sanctions

Monday, 14 September, 2020 - 08:30
Men play soccer at a field in Peshawar November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Fayaz Aziz/Files

Iran has said that the Asian Football Confederation has cancelled television broadcasting rights of the regional champions' league to country, seemingly over US sanctions against it.

Iran's football federation said Sunday the AFC had written to it cancelling the contract "due to international sanctions."

The AFC "also cannot provide the live signal for the group stage of the Asian Champions' League," Iran's official body said.

Iran's federation has written to the AFC in protest.

Iran has "sent its representatives to the Asian Champions' League and therefore expects the AFC to prepare the necessary framework for live broadcast of the matches ... so that millions of fans in Iran can watch," the federation said.

The United States withdrew from a landmark nuclear agreement with Iran in 2018 and reimposed harsh unilateral sanctions, targeting key oil and banking sectors.

The AFC has not yet officially commented on the matter.

The continent's showpiece club tournament -- put on hold since March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic -- is set to resume on Monday in Qatar.

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