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Iranian Footballers Suspended for 'Immoral' Butt Grab Celebration: VIDEO


Two Iranian footballers have been suspended for an "immoral" butt grab celebration following a goal that spurred the team to a 3-2 victory, the AP reports:

The report Monday says Mohammed Nosrati, a defender for Persepolis, squeezed the backside of teammate Sheis Rezaei while the Tehran team's players celebrated a goal against Damash Gilan.

Millions across the Islamic Republic were watching:

Nosrati and Rezaei say they did not intend to offend anybody. Iran TV said they were indefinitely banned from entering any stadium and could face even more sanctions.

Watch the incident, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. See also here, from 4:05 to 4:40 -

    Posted by: BABH | Oct 31, 2011 1:13:55 PM

  2. Pathetic. Half the NFL would be suspended under this kind of scrutiny! LOL

    Posted by: Married in MA | Oct 31, 2011 1:19:20 PM

  3. I've been to Iran. Most mens rooms don't have urinals, and when there are urinals, each one is surrounded by a curtain which you pull open and closed to use it. So you can't catch a look at anyone's peen next to you.

    Posted by: Towlehead | Oct 31, 2011 1:19:40 PM

  4. The reaction of the guy being grabbed trying to take down the groping hand just points out the seriousness of the situation...

    Actually not: it just makes evident how macho and backwards they can be.

    Posted by: George F | Oct 31, 2011 1:22:54 PM

  5. Conservative philosophy at it's finest. Give the US a decade or two under the Republican party and this is what you'll get.

    Posted by: Dev | Oct 31, 2011 1:27:23 PM

  6. this from a country that seperates women and men.....? They do everything societal that COULD lead to men/touching/men....they Segregate thier country. Just proves HOW SICK RELIGION in all its forms is.....innocent grab from the joyfulness of winning....they turn it ugly.

    Posted by: Gay American | Oct 31, 2011 1:33:33 PM

  7. bullsht. these are obama's pals!

    Posted by: ted | Oct 31, 2011 1:38:05 PM

  8. See. There you go. Proof. It doesn't even matter when your country is an oppressive sinkhole of stone-age backwardness. Men love one another's asses.

    Posted by: uffda | Oct 31, 2011 1:40:35 PM

  9. Like Ayatollah Khamenei doesn't like to cop a feel every once in a while. Like, say, after a really good round of Friday prayers...though I bet some cheek would be hard to find under all those robes.

    Anyway, the point is...wait, what's the point?

    RIGHT: Iranian people = people. Iranian regime = stupid.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Oct 31, 2011 1:46:25 PM

  10. I been grabbin dudes butts for years and say MORE butt grabbin. I do it and I like it! Gonna keep it up and grab as many as I can!

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 31, 2011 1:46:46 PM

  11. I expected this to be more of an "accidental" butt grab, but man he really does grab all up in there.

    Posted by: Jollysocks | Oct 31, 2011 1:49:40 PM

  12. It didn't look celebratory to me, more like Nosrati took an opportunity to cop a feel.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 31, 2011 1:57:03 PM

  13. No kidding, this dude has got the hots for the other dudes butthole --this is not an ass pat, this is a butthole probe! AWESOME!

    Posted by: dancobbb | Oct 31, 2011 1:59:37 PM

  14. By making such a fuss over this, the regime has likely made sure that EVERYONE is aware of it.

    Posted by: Dave | Oct 31, 2011 2:06:52 PM

  15. are they ASS U M(E)ing they are gay or r they happy? control control control thats all religion does...

    Posted by: Silas | Oct 31, 2011 2:15:16 PM

  16. While the punishment is ridiculous - I do have to admit that was some serious grope 'n probe action - his hand was diggin in and exploring. Ah well, the more people are repressed, the more they try to sneak things in.

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 31, 2011 2:36:03 PM

  17. I pray the religious leaders are not concerned with the kisses exchanged at 0:08, which are a charming display of affection, celebration and friendship. I hope these teammates are not punished for their natural emotions.

    Posted by: trees | Oct 31, 2011 2:50:34 PM

  18. mmmm...footballers..

    Posted by: Joel V | Oct 31, 2011 2:56:10 PM

  19. Kisses? Butt grabbing? That's it -- floggings for everyone.

    Posted by: Udderly Ridiculous | Oct 31, 2011 3:06:14 PM

  20. Ted: You should know everything about asses. You are one.

    Posted by: Jonathan | Oct 31, 2011 4:10:56 PM

  21. The point about segregation based on religion is so true. So many countries (mainly developing) separate the sexes, and the affection that straight men show to one another is sometimes startling, from holding hands to kissing. And depending on the country, quite hot.

    Men are horny. Big news!

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 31, 2011 5:04:25 PM

  22. Hmmm... No. 13 obviously didn't like the grope... Perhaps they have issues off the pitch. regardless - it's nothing to be suspended for.

    Posted by: Jeff | Oct 31, 2011 5:37:33 PM

  23. Looks like these two might do a bit more than butt grabbing in private...

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 31, 2011 6:19:11 PM

  24. Funny, no one has commented yet on the two players who hug each other and kiss on the before the other players pile on top of them. I got a more sexual vibe from that than from the guy who squeezed the cantaloupe on the other dude.

    Posted by: marica | Oct 31, 2011 7:17:06 PM

  25. BAHAHA! I was expecting a butt slap and got some Rated R "Oil Checking" instead! My first guess is that this is something they do behind closed doors to piss off the other person... like their version of a wet-willy, it's clearly at the over-reaction expense of the probee.

    And I agree with UFFDA, even in countries where they don't "cotton" to the grab and tickle, men do it anyway... why fight it?

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Oct 31, 2011 7:20:16 PM

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