Iranian police quell anti-Saudi protest at soccer match

May 4, 2011 17:38


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TEHRAN - Iranian police expelled a group of soccer fans who were chanting anti-Saudi slogans during an Asian Champions League match, the website of state English-language television Press TV reported on Wednesday.

Tensions have mounted between the two regional powers since Saudi Arabia deployed military forces to help the government of Bahrain quell protests inspired by Arab revolts elsewhere.

Mainly Shi'ite Iranians have expressed sympathy with Shi'ite demonstrators in Bahrain, where Sunni Muslim rulers sought aid from Saudi Arabia and other Sunni-ruled states to stop protests.

Iran police expelled a number of fans from Tehran's Azadi Stadium after they started to chant slogans against the Saudi government during a match between Tehran's Piroozi and the Saudi Al Ittihad on Tuesday, Press TV reported.

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