Two Iranian soccer players condemned for playing against Israeli team

Maccabi Tel Aviv players greet their supporters at the end of the Champions League group G match against Porto in Haifa on November 4, 2015
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Iran reportedly “strongly condemned” two Iranian soccer players for playing in a match against an Israeli team, according to Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars, reported the Associated Press on Friday.

Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi played on Greece’s Panionios soccer team and participated in a game against Israeli soccer team Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Israel and Iran have been longtime rivals, and Iran typically considers it “taboo” to play against Israelis. In a previous game against Maccabi, the two players refused to play the Israeli team, according to the Associated Press, adding that the federation is reviewing the case.

Iran prides itself on its support for the Palestinians against Israeli occupation and frequently expresses its rejection of the existence of the Jewish state.

(Staff with agencies)



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