Saddam Hussein Chant Causes Football Row

The Iraqi foreign ministry has summoned Algeria's ambassador in Baghdad to protest after Algerian football fans chanted the name of former ruler Saddam Hussein during a game.

The Iraqi Air Force team walked off the pitch in the 75th minute of their match against USM Alger in the Algerian capital, Algiers.

Videos filmed inside the stadium showed Algerian supporters chanting “God is greatest! Saddam Hussein", Arab News reported.

Iraq's foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Mahjub condemned the ex-Iraqi leader's "horrible glorification", the report added.

The president of the Iraqi Football Association, Abd-al-Khaleq Masoud, has threatened to resign if the Algerians are not punished.

Saddam Hussein was deposed by the US led invasion in 2003 and was later hanged.