Conflict with Iran highlights uncertainty of European football's ties to the Middle East

10 January 2020

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Photo: Getty Images A Luka Modric goal helped Real Madrid reach the Spanish Super Cup final with a 3-1 victory over Valencia. The final will be played Sunday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Real Madrid will meet Atletico Madrid, who beat FC Barcelona 3-2.

Escalation of the US-Iran conflict could end up impacting international footballing events in the Middle East in the near future.

Premier League clubs are following the situation closely before the winter break, when Dubai and Doha would normally be popular destinations.

The Spanish Super Cup is nowadays being played in Saudi Arabia, a country in a proxy conflict with Iran. 

An Ajax player has left the club's training camp in Qatar due to safety concerns. 

Emil Gjerding Nielson and Mads Meisner nielson@offthepitch.com

When the final whistle is blown on this season's edition of the Spanish Super Cup, held for the first time ever in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the likes of Joao Felix and Luka Modric may already have their bags packed and ready for a quick departure back to the comfort and safety of their Southern European homes. 

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