Two Iran football players barred from national team for life


The Iran football governing body has barred two players from national team duty for life after they played in a match against Israeli club in the Europa League.

According to a government official, Iran captain Masoud Shojaei and midfielder Ehsan Haji Safi each played 90 minutes in Greek club Panionios’ home leg of the third-round qualifier against Maccabi Tel Aviv last week.

Their action, according to the Iranian government violated the country’s longstanding prohibition on athletes facing opponents from Israel.

Iran’s national team could face sanctions from FIFA, which forbids political interference in international football.

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