Rubbin' it in
Recommendations for fairer conditions in Esteqlal-Persepolis
By Mohammad Dilmagani
September 27, 1999
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.
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In an unusual step, the Iranian Fans of Fairness in Football (IFFF)
sent the following communiqué to the officials of the Esteqlal club:
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
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.
Iranian Fans for Fairness in Football
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