Saudi Arabian team refuse to play because of a statue
03 October 2023 | 12:15 pm
The Asian Champions League match between Al-Ittihad and Iran’s Sepahan was called off after the Saudi side refused to leave their dressing room. Al-Ittihad, who are managed by former Tottenham and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, were opposed to a statue being placed pitchside.
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