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FIFA asks Iran if players were punished tab football

FIFA wants to know if Iran punished players who wore green wrist bands in solidarity with the political opposition during a World Cup qualifier.

sports Updated: Jun 26, 2009 11:44 IST
AP

FIFA wants to know if Iran punished players who wore green wrist bands in solidarity with the political opposition during a World Cup qualifier.

FIFA on Thursday said it wrote to the Iran Football Federation “asking for information, and seeking clarification, regarding current media reports related to Iranian national team players.”

Several players wore wrist bands in the color of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi’s opposition movement before a June 17 qualifier against South Korea in Seoul.

According to Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency two players, Mehdi Mahdavikia and Ali Karimi, have since resigned from the team for personal reasons.

But Britain’s Guardian newspaper and others have reported that as many as four players were permanently banned from the team by government authorities. The reports have not been verified.

First Published: Jun 26, 2009 11:38 IST