Mon Oct 31 12:59pm EDT
According to Iranian state television, two footballers have been banned from even entering any stadium in the country (let alone playing in one) after they decided that grabbing their teammates' backsides during goal celebrations in a match televised live across Iran was a good idea.
From the AP:
The report Monday says Mohammed Nosrati of Persepolis squeezed the backside of teammate Sheis Rezaei while the Tehran team's players celebrated a goal against Damash Gilan. After Persepolis scored again in the 3-2 victory, YouTube footage appears to show Rezaei squeezing an unidentified teammate.
Nosrati and Rezaei say they did not intend to offend. Iran TV said they were indefinitely banned from entering any stadium and could face more sanctions.
Judging by the reaction of the pinchee in the video above, I'd say he wanted no part of it. So strict interpretations of immorality aside, this looks more like a case of goosing gone wrong. Which Persepolis players apparently deal with by doing it to another teammate after it has been done to them.
Video of the second incident right this way...
Thanks to reader Ashkan Doni.