29 Feb 2024
Tuesday 10 March 2015 - 10:58
Story Code : 154742

AFC rejects Iranís bid to host Asian cup

[caption id="attachment_104684" align="alignright" width="182"]President of Iran Football Federation (IFF) Ali Kaffashian President of Iran Football Federation (IFF) Ali Kaffashian[/caption]

Head of Iranís Football Federation (IFF) says the Asian Football Confederation has rejected Iranís bid for hosting Asian Cup 2019.

Ali Kaffashian on Monday said the AFCís decision to dismiss†Iranís bid for hosting the games may have been influenced by the sanctions currently imposed on the country.

The United Arab Emirates on Monday won the hosting rights of the Asian Cup 2019 in a competition with Iran. AFC chief Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said the UAE had won the right unanimously.

Kaffashian said Iran's†infrastructure and sporting facilities met the standards set by the continental body†for†hosting the games in 2019.

ďOur biggest problem was the issue of sponsoringÖ. The sanctions may have discouraged the sponsors from coming to Iran and the AFCís decision†was that UAEís hosting could create more income [for it],Ē Kafashian said.

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