Iran Bans Grabby Soccer Players

Iran has banned two members of its professional soccer league for touching other players too passionately after goals.

Footage posted online shows Persepolis defender Mohammed Nosrati squeezing teammate Sheis Rezaei’s bottom. Another video seems to show Rezaei squeezing a teammate later in the 3-2 Persepolis victory over Damash Gilan. The game was broadcast live to millions. Nosrati and Rezaei have said they did not intend to offend anyone. The two “have been banned indefinitely from all football activities for committing immoral acts”, AFP news agency quoted Ismail Hasanzadeh, the head of the Iranian football federation’s disciplinary committee, as saying.

The players were also fined $40K each.