Saddam Hussein chants force Iraqi Air Force club to halt match against USM Alger

The Iraqis said they decided to halt their match and leave the pitch after they heard sectarian slogans and chants being shouted at them from the Algerian stands. (File photos: AFP)

The Iraqi Air Force football club were forced to withdraw mid-match against hosts USM Alger on Sunday when local Algerian fans began to chant the name of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.

The dramatic turn of events took place during the second round return leg of Arab Champions League match was halted at the 75th minutes when Algerian fans chanted the name of Saddam Hussein while their team was leading 2-0.

The Iraqis said they decided to halt their match and leave the pitch after they heard sectarian slogans and chants being shouted at them from the Algerian stands. A majority of the players and officials from the Iraqi Air Force team, also known as Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, hail from Karbala.

The Emirati referee officiating the match waited for 15 minutes then announced the end of the game.

The first leg also ended with an Algerian victory by 1-0.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:53 - GMT 06:53
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