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Iranian soccer club sacks player for "immoral" goal celebration

11-07-2011 10:13 BJT

TEHRAN, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Persepolis soccer club sacked its defender Sheis Rezaei for his "immoral" goal celebration during the 3-2 victory over local Damash club, the local Tehran Times daily reported on Saturday.

Rezaei and his teammate Mohammad Nosrati committed inappropriate acts during a game against Damash in the Iranian Professional League last Saturday.

In the match held in northern city of Rasht and was broadcast live to millions on Iran's state-run TV, Rezaei and Nosrati jumped on a pile of their teammates after they scored a goal and involved themselves in immoralities, grabbing and squeezing the backside of unidentified teammates.

Persepolis also fined Rezaei 300 million Tomans (230,000 U.S. dollars). Nosrati will also miss six matches and was fined 250 million Tomans (194,000 U.S. dollars), said the daily.

The disciplinary committee of the Iranian Football Federation will also issue a final verdict on the pair on Sunday.

Iranian social values consider such behavior as the violation of public morality, even worse if it is done before the eyes of the spectators and TV cameras.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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