Iran tells FIFA no national team players were punished for show of solidarity

Other News Materials 27 June 2009 07:42 (UTC +04:00)

The Iranian soccer federation has denied reports that national team players were punished for wearing green wristbands in solidarity with the political opposition during a World Cup qualifier last week, AFP reported.

Soccer's world governing body said Friday it received a letter from the Iranian federation "which stated that no disciplinary action has been imposed on any players of the Iran national team by any authority."

FIFA had written to Iran on Wednesday asking for clarification on media reports that several players were permanently banned for showing support for defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.

Players wore the wristbands during Iran's World Cup qualifier June 17 at South Korea.