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Iran Soccer Coach Demands South Korean Apology

The head coach of the Iranian men’s soccer team is demanding an apology from his South Korean counterpart over remarks disparaging of Iran.

Coach Carlos Queiroz, who is from Portugal, made the demand ahead of a decisive World Cup qualifying match slated for June 18 between Iran and South Korea in the South’s city of Ulsan.

Queiroz said Coach Choi Kang-hee had "humiliated" the Iranian people when he said South Korea’s team had been treated poorly when it visited Tehran in October and was beaten 1-0 by the Iranians.

He denied any mistreatment.

Choi, for his part, has vowed South Korea will make life "painful" for the Iranians in next week’s clash.

The winner of the clash will take top spot in Asian qualifying Group A for next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP