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Iranian footballers threatened with national ban over Israel game


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Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi

Tehran, Aug. 4, (GNA/dpa) – Iranian
footballers Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi could be kicked out of the
national team after both appeared for their Greek club Panionios against Israel
side Maccabi Tel-Aviv in a Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday.

The Mizan news agency carried comments
from the General Director of the Sport Ministry, Mohamed Javad Ababaf, on
Friday sayin

Tehran, Aug. 4, (GNA/dpa) – Iranian
footballers Masoud Shojaei and Ehsan Hajsafi could be kicked out of the
national team after both appeared for their Greek club Panionios against Israel
side Maccabi Tel-Aviv in a Europa League qualifying tie on Thursday.

The Mizan news agency carried comments
from the General Director of the Sport Ministry, Mohamed Javad Ababaf, on
Friday saying there was a “big possibility” the pair would be banned.

Iranian athletes normally avoid competing
against Israelis given the hostility between their respective nations.

Shojaei and Hajsafi did not play in the first
leg match against Maccabi in Israel, but returned to the Panionios line-up for
the second leg in Greece. Panionios were defeated 2-0 on aggregate.

GNA


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