Iran bans two football players for playing against Israelis

Iran bans two football players for playing against Israelis

Two players on Iran’s national soccer team were banned for life from playing for their country after they participated in a match with their club team in Greece against an Israeli team, an Iranian governmental official said.

The players, Masoud Shojaei, the captain of the national team, and Ehsan Haji Safi, one of Iran’s most promising players, played 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.

“It is certain that Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Haji Safi will never be invited to join the national football team because they violated the red line,” Iran’s deputy sports minister Mohammad Reza Davarzani said on Iranian state television.

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