North Korea silently retreats from AFC Cup with King's Cup trip in doubt

North Korean playersJanuary 22 - North Korea have withdrawn from a friendly tournament in Thailand next month following the humiliation of their early Asian Cup exit in Australia, according to Thai authorities.

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Reports grow of ISIS execution of 13 teenagers for watching Asian Cup match

ISIS executionsBy Mark Baber
January 21 - Claims that members of the ISIS/ISIL group in Iraq have executed 13 teenagers in Mosul for watching the Iraq v Jordan football match have spread via internet publications, the newspapers and social media.

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Disappointed Qatar exit Asian Cup but Belmadi backs his players

Belmadi and squadJanuary 20 - Qatar's disastrous Asian Cup campaign is exactly the opposite of what they expected both in terms of maintaining progress on the field and also in sending out a message to those who oppose the World Cup going to the Gulf state in 2022.

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Matchfixing at Asian Cup being strictly monitored

afc-asian-cupJanuary 16 - The Asian Football Confederation says every effort is being made to avoid match-fixing at the Asian Cup.

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AFC defends dope test disaster, but Hayel unlikely to return to play

Ahmad Hayel By Andrew Warshaw
January 15 - Rocked by embarrassing allegations of negligence at the most prestigious event in its calendar, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has hit back at claims by Jordan that they botched a doping test on striker Ahmad Hayel during the Asian Cup in Australia.

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Botched dope test leaves Jordanian striker ill at AFC Cup

Ahmad Hayel By Andrew Warshaw
January 14 - The Asian Cup has burst into controversy after Jordan lodged a formal protest with organisers claiming a random dope test that went badly wrong resulted in one their players falling seriously ill.

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2015 Asian Cup kicks off, with Iran enjoying home levels of support

Iranian fansBy Mark Baber
January 12 - The 2015 AFC Asian Cup, being held outside Asia for the first time, is well underway with teams from radically different cultures competing on Australian soil in the 16th edition of the world's second oldest continental competition.

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Aguirre shakes off match-fixing furore with 4-0 Asian Cup win

Javier Aguirre3January 12 - Despite at last managing to concentrate on matters on the pitch - a 4-0 win over newcomers Palestine at the Asian Cup - Japan coach Javier Aguirre continues to face questions about his alleged role in a bribery scandal from his time in Spanish football.

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Asian chiefs unite behind Blatter giving Prince Ali cold shoulder

Prince Ali 3By Andrew Warshaw
January 9 - Key Asian football chiefs have staunchly re-iterated their support for FIFA president Sepp Blatter following young pretender Prince Ali's announcement that he was making a bid for the FIFA throne.

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