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Rubbin' it in
Recommendations for fairer conditions in Esteqlal-Persepolis matches

By Mohammad Dilmagani
September 27, 1999
The Iranian

Posted by Mamad Khan following the match between Esteqlal and Persepolis (aka Piruzi) on September 24, 1999. The match ended in a scoreless draw, even though Persepolis had only nine men on the field for most of the game. See articles in Persian

In an unusual step, the Iranian Fans of Fairness in Football (IFFF) sent the following communiqué to the officials of the Esteqlal club:

Dear Sirs,

It has come to our attention that in your recent match with the Persepolis (Piruzi) Club you had a two-man advantage for over 60 minutes, and yet you only managed a tie.

Whenever you play against Persepolis in the next thirty years -- or until you beat them -- we recommend that:

1) Persepolis should not be allowed to play with more than eight players.

2) If any Persepolis player scores in the first half, that player should be promptly be ejected from the game.

3) If the result of the first half was not in favor of Esteqlal, then at least four Persepolis players must tie their hands behind their backs. This of course does not include the goalie for the first 15 minutes.

4) Any Persepolis player who scores two goals for his team should be banned from football for life unless he scores at least one goal for Esteqlal as well.

5) If at any point in the second half of the game, Esteqlal leads with at least one goal, then the referee at his discretion could:

A: Stop the game and call the result final (in which case the IFFF will immediately take him to lunch), or

B: Ask the Persepolis goalie to go and wax his shoes.

In conclusion, these measures are not being taken to punish or reward any specific team, but purpose of creating a balance between Iran's top two football teams.


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