UAE wins right to host 2019 AFC Asian Cup

The UAE beat Iran, which has been criticized for banning women from stadiums

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The UAE has won the right to host the 1019 Asian Cup, the Asian Football Confederation announced on Monday following a meeting in Bahrain.

The UAE was widely expected to win the hosting right for the second time in its history.

The Gulf country beat Iran, which has been criticized last week by FIFA Presidet Sep Blatter for banning women to attend football matches in stadiums.

“We are pleased to announce that the United Arab Emirates will host the AFC #AC2019,” the AFC said in a tweet.

The tournament will place in January 2019 with 24 teams participating, eight teams more than the current size of the tournament.

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