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A little-known Iranian soccer league found itself in the news today after a player narrowly missed blowing his hand off with a grenade that was thrown onto the field.Beyond the shock value, the video is a reminder that sports — professional and otherwise — go on in the Middle East despite the ebbs and flows of civil unrest.
We pulled 13 beautiful photos that, when taken together, give you a good idea of what sports is like in the region.
Yes, sometimes outside violences leaks onto the field of play. But more often than not sports is a sanctuary from the outside world, and looks almost like it does in the rest of the world.
SAUDI ARABIA: Fans of Saudi soccer club Al-Hilal bring out the same pageantry you'll find at any big European match
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