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Iran football body fined over Ashura Day call

Prior to the game, Iranian religious leaders also asked South Korean fans not to celebrate or make noise during the match

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FIFA has imposed sanctions on the Iranian football body after the government asked fans to sing religious chants and wear black at a World Cup qualifier.

The 1-0 victory over South Korea at Tehran’s 100,000-seater Azadi Stadium was held on Ashoura day.

Prior to the game, Iranian religious leaders also asked South Korean fans not to celebrate or make noise during the match, explaining they were concerned it would offend Allah, according to many media outlets.

Meanwhile South Korean newspapers have reported that the Iranian Embassy in Korea had reportedly asked Korean fans to avoid wearing colorful clothes during the match.

Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi wrote an open letter saying “Some may say that by not playing the game we will pay a price, but it is better to pay a price than have our sanctities harmed”.

FIFA explained that $46,350 fine imposed on Iran on Thursday, related to “several religious manifestations”.

The world football's governing body - FIFA - prohibits political, religious or commercial messages at matches.

*This article also appears on AlArabiya.net.