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Iranian Footballers Don Green For World Cup Qualifier


IRIB 2 screen grab of Iranian national team players in the country's World Cup qualifier against South Korea in Seoul on June 17.

IRIB 2 screen grab of Iranian national team players in the country's World Cup qualifier against South Korea in Seoul on June 17.

Some of the Iranian national team players at a World Cup qualifier in South Korea have taken the field with green wristbands that some are interpreting as a symbol of support for moderate presidential candidate Mir Hossein Musavi.

The color green is also widely venerated among Muslims.

AFP says that "midfield star Ali Karimi, once dubbed Asia's Maradona, Masoud Shohjai of Spain's Osasuna, and Mehdi Mahdavi Kia of Eintracht Frankfurt are among those wearing the green wrist bands."

They're noticing back home in Iran, judging by tweets, Facebook pages, and phone calls to RFE/RL to alert. Maybe it's why they took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

UPDATE: While it's difficult to be certain, it appears that some or all of the green wristbands were gone by the time the team took the field for the second half.

UPDATE 2: The game has ended in a 1-1 draw, leaving Iran with a remote chance of making the 2010 World Cup.

-- Golnaz Esfandiari/Andy Heil
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