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Politics force Persepolis of Iran, Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli to neutral venue

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Organisers of the Asian Champions League are preparing to play a quarterfinal in neutral venues because of diplomatic tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

In a politically charged pairing drawn on Tuesday, Persepolis of Iran were drawn to host the first leg against Al Ahli of Saudi Arabia on Aug. 22. The return game is in mid-September.

The Asian Football Confederation ruled during the group stage that matches between teams from Iran and Saudi Arabia would be moved to...

Home United to play away for second leg of AFC Cup final vs. Ceres-Negros

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts take an in-depth look into the AFC Cup finals draw where Home United face Ceres.
Jason Dasey and Stanley Bernard break down JDT's AFC Cup second leg against Ceres that saw them ousted by a controversial penalty.
Home United scored late into stoppage time to secure an emphatic 3-2 win over Global FC in the AFC Cup zonal final.

Home United will take on Ceres-Negros in August with the Singapore side knowing a meeting with 2015 AFC Cup runners up FC Istiklol from Tajikistan awaits if they can see off the side from the Philippines in the ASEAN Zonal Final.

Istiklol lost to Johor Darul Ta'zim, of Malaysia, in the final two seasons ago. Aidil Sharin's team could take on the Tajikistan champions if they can by-pass Ceres over two legs.

The first game of the ASEAN Zonal Final will be played on Aug. 2 with the return in the Philippines...

Elkeson strikes as Shanghai SIPG advance after ACL win over Jiangsu

Jason Dasey and Dez Corkhill recap two of the biggest match-ups in the Round of 16 of the AFC CL.
Hulk's powerful free kick set Shanghai SIPG on their way to a 5-1 win over Beijing Guoan in the CSL.
Paulinho's vital away goal secured Guangzhou's passage to the AFC Champions League quarterfinals.

Shanghai SIPG joined fellow Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande in the quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League (ACL) on Wednesday evening as Elkeson inspired Andre Villas-Boas' side to a 3-2 win over compatriots Jiangsu Suning to advance to the last eight.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg in Shanghai last week, SIPG had Elkeson to thank for confirming the club's place in the next round. The Brazilian scored one, and created the other, as Shanghai opened daylight between the clubs before...

Roar set to appeal $10,000 fine for not providing ACL officials adequate meals

Craig Johnston says there is a grass roots problem with Australian football, with not enough talent coming through.
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi
Brisbane Roar manager John Aloisi was sanctioned earlier in the season for not attending a post-match interview.

Brisbane Roar will appeal a hefty fine from the Asian Football Confederation for not providing "international buffet style" meals for a group of travelling Champions League match officials.

But the AFC has refuted claims from Roar managing director Mark Kingsman that they were sanctioned because the six-man delegation was unable to eat lobster twice a day, accusing the club of a lack of respect for the competition's strict regulations.

It is Brisbane's fifth such indiscretion this year alone, with...