Iran has been suspended from all international soccer activity because of government interference in running the game in the country, world ruling body FIFA said on Thursday.
The move comes just five months after Iran took part in the World Cup finals in Germany and a week after they secured a place in the 2007 Asian Cup finals, winning their qualifying group by beating South Korea 2-0 in Tehran.
An Iranian news agency said Iran did not accept the decision and described it as “completely illegitimate”. Fans in the soccer-mad country were stunned.
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