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UPDATE 1-Qatari Asian Cup organiser arrives in UAE after flight hiatus

Updated: 04-01-2019 18:23 IST
A Qatari official who helped organise soccer's Asian Cup arrived on Friday in the United Arab Emirates, after sources said he was earlier prevented from flying there for the tournament.

Saoud Al-Mohannadi chaired the organising committee for the competition, which starts on Saturday, and is vice president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).

A Qatari official told Reuters that Mohannadi was on Thursday stopped from boarding an Oman Air flight to Abu Dhabi from Muscat. He was told by the airline that his name was not on a list held at Abu Dhabi airport, another source said.

An AFC spokesman in Malaysia said Mohannadi had arrived in Abu Dhabi on Friday. It was not immediately clear which route he had taken.

(Reporting by Eric Knecht; editing by John Stonestreet)

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