BAGHDAD — After the Saudi football team beat the Iraqi national team on Tuesday, some unidentified armed men opened fire at the house of the Iraqi national team's coach on Tuesday evening in Baghdad.
The Iraqi security forces reported that a number of unknown armed men fired at the house of Razi Shnaishl, the head coach of the Iraqi national team in Sadr district in Baghdad late on Tuesday.
No casualties however were reported as a result of the shooting, said the sources.
The Iraqi national team played against its Saudi counterpart team on September 6th in Thailand within the second round of the Asian qualifications for the World Cup in Russia 2018, and the Iraqi team was defeated by the Saudi team (2-1).
The attack on the house of the Iraqi national team’s coach comes amid an escalating political tension between Baghdad and Riyadh. The Shi’ite-led government of Iraq previously warned Saudi Arabia for oppressing the Shi’ite minorities; it all started after Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr on charges of terrorism.
The Iraqi Foreign Ministry has recently called on Riyadh to replace its ambassador in Baghdad.