The Iranian football federation has scrutinized controversial footage of Persepolis defender Mohammed Nosrati (below, left) squeezing teammate Sheis Rezaei's (right) firm buttocks following a goal during the Persian Gulf Cup, and ruled that the two players be fined $40,000 each and "banned indefinitely from all football activities for committing immoral acts."
Jalal Yahyazadeh, a cleric and member of parliament, called it a ‘shameless act' and added that it had ‘upset, angered and outraged' all sports fans.
‘What happened is absolutely not acceptable because it was a very ugly thing,' he said, adding that the country's sports minister should be held accountable.
I'm not exactly sure how Rezaei got roped into the censure, seeing as he clearly swatted Nosrati's hand away before it could actually enter his Strait of Hormuz. Let's just hope they don't now convene a special meeting of the First Supreme Towel-Snapping Heretics' Tribunal. You know those Iranian clerics — they can get a little overzealous when it comes to locker room crackdowns. [Anorak, Photos via Daily Mail]