SPORTS ILLUSTRASIAN: Iran "Retires" Four National Team Soccer Players, aka On Second Thought, It’s Not Easy Being Green

June 23rd, 2009 | 0 comments | Posted by Jen

You know how it’s been really easy to show your support for pro-democracy protesters in Iran by “going green” on Facebook and Twitter? Not so for Iranians themselves, particularly the six Iranian footballers who wore green wristbands in last week’s World Cup qualifier against South Korea in Seoul, which ended in a 1-1 draw and stopped Iran’s advance in the tourney. (Surprised Ahmadinejad didn’t declare a win there, too.)


Four of the six players–Ali Karimi (pictured), Mehdi Mahdavikia, Hosein Ka’abi, and Vahid Hashemian–have since been forcibly “retired” from the sport and are forbidden from giving media interviews. What’s happened to the remaining two is still unknown, but none of the soccer team’s passports were returned upon their arrival back in Iran.

And Ahmadinejad calls himself a football fan. Pish.

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