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Well worth the Kuwait; WORLD OF FOOTBALL.

Byline: KEVIN McALLION

A GRUDGE match bigger than Celtic's clash with Rapid looked on the cards last week when a team from Kuwait invaded Iraq.

Kuwaiti sides hadn't set foot on Iraqi soil since Saddam Hussein rolled across their own borders with tanks to spark the 1990 Gulf War.

So Sports Club expected a hostile reception when they took on Irbil in the second leg of their AFC Cup quarter-final.

But Iraqi fans actually cheered them on and waved Kuwaiti flags as Sports Club won 1-0 to progress 2-1 on aggregate.

President Abdul Aziz al-Anberi said: "It was unbelievable to see their supporters encourage the Kuwaiti side."

Maybe the American gunships hovering overhead had something to do with that.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 4, 2009
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