AFC investigating tossed firecracker at Iran match


KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -The Asian Football Confederation is investigating reports that a firecracker was thrown during a champions league match in Iran between Saudi Arabian club Al Ahli and Sepahan.

The governing body of Asian football said in a statement Monday that the match commissioner reported that several objects were thrown toward an assistant referee during Wednesday's 0-0 draw in Tehran, including a firecracker. One of the objects exploded which prompted referees to stop the match for several minutes. No one was injured.

A video of the incident showed a Sepahan player picking up one of the objects and tossing it away seconds before it exploded. Several media outlets reported that it was a grenade which was denied by the AFC.

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