NEW YORK CITY - Iranian tennis referee Adel Borghei, who travelled to the United States to work at the US Open, has been sidelined due to US sanctions against Iran, the New York Times reported Thursday. Borghei has a basic visitors visa to the United States but under current US law that would not allow him to work at the year’s final Grand Slam tennis tournament, which begins on Monday at the Flushing Meadows hardcourts. “This should not be about politics,” Borghei told the Times. “That’s what I have a problem here with. I don’t want to talk about politics. But they are mixing up politics and sports.” Borghei received an approval letter in May and obtained a visa and made travel plans and was to have been working this week during US Open qualifying matches.–AFP