AFC issued an statement on the recent incident happened in Isfahan during a match between Foolad Sepahan (Iran) and Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) from the AFC Champions League 2012 tournament.
The statement comes as the following:
“The Match Commissioner of the AFC Champions League 2012 quarter-final first leg match on 19 September 2012 between Foolad Sepahan (Iran) and Al Ahli (Saudi Arabia) in Isfahan has reported that some objects were thrown by spectators of host club Foolad Sepahan towards the Assistant Referee near the corner area in the 64th minute. One of the objects was a firecracker which exploded. Consequently, the referee stopped the match before it was resumed five minutes later. The Match Commissioner’s report has been forwarded to AFC’s Legal Department for disciplinary investigation.”
Sepahan midfielder Adel Kolahkaj decided to remove the object thrown by fans into pitch. He picked up the stone-like thing and tossed it to the sideline. Immediately the firecrackers exploded and the referee stopped the game for five minutes.
Throwing firecrackers by Iranian fans to football pitch was usual in the last years. But after applying strict security conditions, fans couldn’t carry these objects to stadium.