Social media rips Iran’s lifetime banning two footballers for playing against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM POST
Persians speak out against Iran for banning soccer stars who played against Israel
by JTA
August 11, 2017

Thousands of speakers of Persian appealed on social media to the world soccer federation to punish Iran for its banning of two athletes on the national soccer team from playing for their country over their participating in a match against Israelis. The players, Masoud Shojaei, 33, the captain of the national team, and Ehsan Haji Safi, 27, one of Iran’s most promising players, were banned Thursday for playing for their Greek club team, Panionios, in a home game last week in Athens against Maccabi Tel Aviv from Israel, the New York Times reported…the Iranian players were actually bound contractually to play against the Israeli athletes as part of their engagement for the Greek team…READ MORE

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