Japan’s Yuya Osako vies with Qatar’s Abdelkarim Hassan during the AFC Asian Cup final in Abu Dhabi in February. Photo: Xinhua

Asian Player of the Year Abdelkarim Hassan banned for 5 months

  • Left back who plays for Qatari champions Al Sadd punished for aggressively confronting the referee in the AFC Champions League semi-finals
Topic |   AFC Champions League

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Japan’s Yuya Osako vies with Qatar’s Abdelkarim Hassan during the AFC Asian Cup final in Abu Dhabi in February. Photo: Xinhua
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A file picture of fans cheering during the AFC Champions League final at the Azadi stadium in Tehran. Photo: EPA-EFE

Iran lifts decades-long ban on women attending soccer games at stadiums

  • Iran began barring women from watching sports matches decades ago, with clerics saying they must be shielded from the sight of semi-clad men, among other things
  • Over the years, women have tried various methods to circumvent the ban, including entering stadiums wearing fake beards
Topic |   Fifa

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A file picture of fans cheering during the AFC Champions League final at the Azadi stadium in Tehran. Photo: EPA-EFE
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