Iranian footballer banned for life and fined over goal
April 26, 2000, Teheran (dpa) - An Iranian football player has been
banned for life and fined after engaging in a wild dance during which he
pulled down his shorts to celebrate a goal, the Teheran Sports newspaper
reported Wednesday. Video clip here
Mohsen Rassuli, a young striker for the Teheran club Saypa, scored the
winning goal in last week's Nations Cup semi-final against the Teheran
Pas club in the 119th minute and, jumping for joy, not only took off his
shirt but also pulled down his shorts and ran around the field in his underwear.
The game was broadcast by the state-run television, which usually cuts
out such scenes even if they occur in international games.
Rassuli's case was considered so grave that it was referred to the country's
judiciary rather than being considered by the disciplinary committee of
the Iranian Football Federation.
The court banned the young player from football for life and ordered
him to pay 100 million Rials (more than 33,000 dollars), half of it immediately
and the other half in instalments.
The verdict is regarded by Iranian sports circles as excessively harsh
and it is believed that the ban may be lifted although the fine would still
In Iran , where Islamic regulations prevail, such gestures in public
are considered very obscene and result in fines or even prison terms.