Skip to comments.Reports: Iranian Soccer Stars Forced to 'Retire' Over Wristband Protest
Posted on 06/23/2009 6:29:10 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
Iranian authorities have told four players on the nation's soccer team to turn in their cleats after they wore green wristbands in a show of solidarity with the country's opposition leader, the Guardian reported, citing opposition newspapers in Iran.
The players including team captain Mehdi Mahdavikia and soccer star Ali Karimi wore the wristbands in a June 17 match against South Korea in Seoul. Opposition newspapers reported that they were forced into retirement, along with Hosein Ka'abi, 24 and Vahid Hashemian, 32.
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it’s simple : waste Khamenei
Defect. It works for the Cubans.
They’ll be lucky if they don’t lose a hand. Sharia law, y’know.
Open defiance of a dictator always carries a penalty. Theirs turned out to be more than a ‘red card’.
Hope are still alive next week. The bigger the fame, the greater the punishment.