Iranian clubs agree hosting plan for Asian Champions League

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Iranian soccer clubs reached a compromise with Asian Champions League organizers on Thursday to avoid a threatened boycott over security concerns after a plane crash.

The Asian Football Confederation said it hosted club officials from Iran on Thursday and agreed how to stage three rounds of group-stage games in February and March.

Iran’s soccer federation had warned it would remove its four clubs from the 2020 competition if they were banned from hosting international matches. Some countries have issued travel warnings after a Ukrainian passenger jet was mistakenly shot down near Tehran this month.

The AFC said any Iranian club’s home games in the first half of the group stage would be rescheduled as away games
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