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Iran football players 'retired' after Ahmadinejad protest

The Iranian football players who wore green wristbands to protest against the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have reportedly been banned from the team for life.

A pro-government newspaper reported they had been "retired" from the national team after several members wore green tape on their wrists in a World Cup qualifier against South Korea in Seoul. Other newspapers said the players were retiring voluntarily, reportedly because of their age, but at least one suggested they were forced out.
The speculation focused on two players who both wore green in Seoul: Ali Karimi, 31, and Mehdi Mahdavikia, 32. However, both had earlier announced plans to quit soon because of their age.

The Seoul incident was a gesture of solidarity with opposition leader Mir Hossain Mousavi whose supporters accuse the government of rigging Iran's June 12 election in favour of the hard-line President


Added: Jun-24-2009 Occurred On: Jun-24-2009
By: badMother
Iran, News
Tags: Iran, holy_losers, election, football, soccer, freedom, democratic, protest, bM_supports_Iranian_peeps
Location: Tehran, Tehran, Iran (load item map)
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