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Wed 13 May 2015 01:45 PM

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Saudi prince 'banned for football match altercation'

Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Bin Nasser reportedly banned for a year over alleged incident at Al Nasr v Al Hilal match

Saudi prince 'banned for football match altercation'

A Saudi prince has reportedly been banned from entering stadiums for a year following his alleged involvement in an altercation at the end of a match in the Saudi league.

Prince Abdul Aziz Bin Abdul Rahman Bin Nasser has been banned after the General Presidency of Youth Welfare issued a report on the incidents that followed a match between arch-rivals Al Hilal and Al Nasr, Dubai's Gulf News reported.

It said some pictures showed Prince Abdul Aziz, an honorary member of Al Nasr team, being restrained by a stadium steward who was trying to keep him away from Al Hilal players.

The incidents occurred as Al Nasr beat Al Hilal and became the football champions and players and team officials were celebrating the title.

The general presidency said it wanted the Saudi league to issue new regulations governing the presence of officials on the sidelines of the football pitches, Gulf News reported.

The league was given two weeks to communicate the new regulations that must follow international standards to the teams competing in its competitions.

“There will be a zero-tolerance policy towards the strict application of the new rules to ensure that the incidents that occurred at the end of the match between Al Nasr and Al Hilal are not repeated,” the presidency said in a statement cited by Gulf News. “All clubs will have to fully respect the new regulations.”

Saudi team officials wearing civilian clothes are regularly seen sitting alongside coaches and substitute players on the benches on the side of the pitches.

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