Suspensions for 'immoral' celebration

Updated: October 31, 2011, 12:31 PM ET
Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Two players for Iran have been suspended from the country's professional soccer league for an "immoral" goal-scoring celebration, Iranian state TV is reporting.

Mohammed Nosrati of Persepolis squeezed the backside of teammate Sheis Rezaei while the Tehran team's players celebrated a goal against Damash Gilan, according to the report. After Persepolis scored again in the 3-2 victory, YouTube footage appears to show Rezaei squeezing an unidentified teammate.

Nosrati and Rezaei say they did not intend to offend. Iran TV said they were indefinitely banned from entering any stadium and could face more sanctions.

Saturday's game was broadcast live to millions in the Islamic country that for years has tried to curb rowdy on-field behavior and foul language by players and spectators.


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