Anti-Saudi protests mar Piroozi win
Hundreds of Iranian protesters chanting ”death to Saudi”
clashed with police and were forcibly removed during Piroozi’s
Asian Champions League 3-2 victory over Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ittihad
The protests follow weeks of rising tension between
predominantly-Shiite Iran and Gulf states over the Saudi-led
military force sent to Bahrain to prop up the country’s embattled
Sunni monarchy. Saudi football officials had expressed concerns
about security ahead of the match but were persuaded by AFC
officials to play the match.
An eyewitness told The Associated Press two protesters were
seriously injured and one detained after police expelled the
demonstrators in the second half. The semiofficial Fars news agency
said police detained several protesters.