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- Iran's protest over Iraqi player rejected
Iran's protest that Iraq fielded an ineligible player in their stormy Asian Cup quarter-final was shot down following lengthy deliberation by tournament organisers on Sunday. Iran lodged a formal complaint, claiming that midfielder Alaa Abdulzehra failed a drugs test while playing for an Iranian club last year, but it was rejected by the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) disciplinary committee. "Iraq tomorrow can play ... tomorrow morning we fly (home)," he added. An AFC statement released later said that the protest was "unfounded", without giving further details.