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Politics Looms Over Empty Seats as Saudi Arabia Faces Qatar in Asian Cup

Jan 17, 2019 - The New York Times

ABU DHABI — Qatar forward Almoez Ali joined a small group of record-makers at the Asian Cup last week, becoming only the fourth player in the tournament’s history to score four goals in a single game. His exploits in his country’s 6-0 thrashing of North Korea were cheered by just one fan sporting the Gulf country’s colors.

That was one more than team officials expected.

That is because the Asian Cup is being played this month in the United Arab Emirates, one of the main playe...