Middle East

Tehran police clash with anti-Saudi football fans

Iranian police expel anti-Saudi protesters during a during a football match, in Tehran, 3 May 2011
Image caption Police expelled Iranian protesters chanting slogan's against Bahrain's ruling family

Iranian police have clashed with football fans chanting anti-Saudi slogans during an Asia Champions League match in Tehran.

The fans were protesting about the deployment of Saudi troops to help quell Shia-led protests in Bahrain.

Reports say two protesters were seriously injured and several were detained after police forcibly removed them during the second half.

The match saw Tehran's Piroozi beat al-Ittihad from Saudi Arabia 3-2.

The deployment of Saudi troops to defend Bahrain's Sunni rulers has increased tension between the region's main Shia power, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, traditionally seen as the region's Sunni powerhouse.