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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. Persian boys ... so homosocial. Charming.

    Posted by: J.D. | Oct 31, 2011 7:25:50 PM

  2. Dude really went for it. This wasn't the usual celebratory sporty butt-slap.. this was deep. Odd.

    Posted by: Omar | Oct 31, 2011 7:56:24 PM

  3. Clearly they are desperate to make a fuss about anything to make people forget about their real problems. And how come that the victim is also suspended? Yeap, Islamic logic. Islamic morals.

    Posted by: Lexxvs | Oct 31, 2011 8:08:10 PM

  4. One would think that they'd show a bit more restraint, considering that the same stadium is probably used to hang or stone people for much the same actions. They should be thankful that they are sports heroes and not commoners, else they'd most likely already be swinging as examples of swift, unmerciful and misguided interpretations of divine justice.

    Posted by: Inor | Oct 31, 2011 8:13:31 PM

  5. The sports censor responsible for the suspension is like a school hall monitor exercising his 'power'. Look what I can do! All of football bows to my whim! Once the point has been made, it will likely be reversed by the same guy relishing his influence. To western eyes this may seem childish, but it's actually a core aspect of that country's social makeup.

    Posted by: BG | Oct 31, 2011 8:42:14 PM

  6. That was really penetrating, seriously:) It was odd.

    Posted by: omi | Oct 31, 2011 9:14:14 PM

  7. Iranian butt grabbing... hot.

    Posted by: Max | Oct 31, 2011 9:16:03 PM

  8. if a butt grab is bad how bout that on the lips kiss tim the saint tiebow hit on his teammates lips?

    Posted by: walter | Oct 31, 2011 9:35:34 PM

  9. For the love of God, I'm bored with opressive, patriachal cultures. Enlighten yourselves, bitches!

    Posted by: Carlos | Oct 31, 2011 9:42:16 PM

  10. Kissing can be pure, platonic, brotherly, wholesome, as it was here. Fingering someone cannot be.

    Posted by: Jake | Oct 31, 2011 11:03:41 PM

  11. Ya gotta love the logic of punishing both of them...

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 31, 2011 11:58:09 PM

  12. why did they both get in trouble? the guy who got probed definitely didn't like it one bit, and didn't do anything to initiate it. i don't get why he was apologizing for anything.

    Posted by: tad | Nov 1, 2011 1:01:56 AM

  13. What about the awkward kiss on the cheek btw the firat two players in the huddle? And it looks more like he was trying to support the player who was doing the mid-air teabag rather than cop a feel.

    Posted by: Y. Battle | Nov 1, 2011 2:19:32 AM

  14. What?! It looked like he saw the guy falling and was reaching to help him stay up. He just applied pressure to an awkward place. Suspending them for this is really stupid and over-reactive.

    Posted by: C | Nov 1, 2011 8:35:51 AM

  15. Why did they ban the guy who got his butt grabbed? He did try and swat the hand away and it's not his fault that his teammate grabbed his sweet sweet man cheek. Then again why am I trying to apply common sense to this situation?

    Posted by: craaaaig | Nov 2, 2011 2:34:36 AM

  16. They banned Sheys Rezaei (#13), the guy who got his butt grabbed by Mohammad Nosrati (#6), because HE later grabbed a guy's butt too. You have to watch both clips. When the clip above finishes playing and the display of other clips appears, click on the second one in the top row and you will see what Sheys Rezaei did to another player.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 2, 2011 3:03:55 AM

  17. There is something else I thought I should add, in case you guys aren't aware of it:

    In Iran, a soccer match is an all-male event. In Iran, women are prohibited from attending soccer matches. The players are of course all guys, and the fans in the stands are all guys. No women at an Iranian soccer match! That could be the reason why the players feel that maybe they can be a bit free and natural with each other. But maybe sometimes they forget in the heat of the moment that the particular match they're playing in is being televised. That is the actual reason why Nosrati and Rezaei got in trouble. The match was a televised match, and women were watching at home.

    By the way, you should google Mohammad Nosrati and Sheis Rezaei and look at some photos of them. They're gorgeous guys!

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 2, 2011 9:41:29 PM

  18. it was a little more then butt grabbing or patting... it was totally uncalled for as seen by the guys reaction... he stuck his fingers up the guys ass... I think he should be punished, and I'm a total liberal..

    Posted by: john | Nov 3, 2011 2:24:00 PM

  19. You say "totally uncalled for as seen by the guy's reaction". You are referring to the reaction of Sheys Rezaei (#13) to what Mohammad Nosrati (#6) had just done to him. But Rezaei later did something similar himself to another player! When the clip above finishes playing and the other clips are displayed, click on the one captioned "Immoral Celebration 2 Sheys...". In that clip, the focus is on Rezaei (#13), and you will see why the authorities saw fit to punish him as well.

    Posted by: Rob | Nov 4, 2011 4:48:04 AM

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