Friday, February 16, 2007

Iran's Esteghlal Tehran out of Champions League

The Asian Football Confederation has disqualified Esteghlal Tehran FC of Iran from participating in the 2007 edition of the AFC Champions League for failing to fulfil player registration regulations.The club failed to submit their Preliminary Player Registration forms by the 11 February 2007 deadline set by AFC thereby breaching Article 30 (F) (i) which provides an automoatic penalty of disqualification from the competition In this situation, the team will be deemed to have lost all their matches by a score of 3–0. The AFC has decided to leave the competition format unchanged and Group B will now comprise Pakhtakor (Uzbekistan), Kuwait Sports Club (Kuwait) and Al Hilal (Saudi Arabia).

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