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Iran kicks out anti-Saudi football fans

Iran Materials 4 May 2011 15:32
Iran's police have expelled a number of Iranian football spectators from Tehran's Azadi Stadium for chanting anti-Saudi slogans during an Asian Champions League match
Iran kicks out anti-Saudi football fans

Iran's police have expelled a number of Iranian football spectators from Tehran's Azadi Stadium for chanting anti-Saudi slogans during an Asian Champions League match, reported PressTV.

At the Tuesday match between Iran's Persepolis and Al Ittihad of Saudi Arabia in the Iranian capital, some 500 Iranian spectators chanted slogans against the Saudi government for the deployment of military forces to Bahrain.

The protesters, who carried the Saudi Arabian flag, were expelled from the stadium shortly after the beginning of the second half when the police saw the possibility of flag burning.

They also carried flags of Bahrain and photos of the protesters injured in clashes with Saudi military forces and Bahraini police.

Iran has repeatedly condemned the Saudi-backed crackdown on the peaceful demonstrators in Bahrain, saying the move would only complicate the situation in the crisis-hit Persian Gulf kingdom.

Iranians have blasted the Al Khalifa family of Bahrain and the Al Saud royal family of Saudi Arabia for the brutal crackdown on the Bahraini people, and expressed their solidarity with the Bahraini protesters.

Anti-government protests against the rule of the Al Khalifa dynasty in Bahrain began in mid-February.

In March, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait deployed their troops in Bahrain to reinforce the brutal armed crackdown on the protesters.

Scores of protesters have been killed and many others have gone missing since the beginning of the uprising.

Most Bahraini media outlets have been blocked and several mosques have been demolished by the Manama government.

Amnesty International and the Human Rights Watch have also condemned the Bahraini and Saudi regimes for their heavy-handed tactics against the Bahraini population.

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