That's cheeky... Iranians given red card after 'inappropriate' celebration

Iran's football federation has suspended two players for the ‘inappropriate’ goal celebration of buttock squeezing.

Mohammad Nosrati appeared to briefly put his hand on Sheys Rezaei as players of the team Persepolis huddled together to celebrate a goal against Damash Gilan on Saturday.

The pair were also reportedly fined almost £25,000 each, with the celebration causing outrage in the Islamic republic.

Scroll down to see the video of the 'inappropriate' celebration

Defender Mohammad Nosrati appears to place his hand near to Sheys Rezaei's bottom in a Iranian football match

Defender Mohammad Nosrati appears to place his hand near to Sheys Rezaei's bottom in a Iranian football match

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.

After the incident made headlines in the international media and with a clip available on the internet, the federation’s media committee ‘demanded that elements who damaged the country’s sporting spirit be dealt with firmly’.

The federation is due to issue a final verdict next week.

Mohammad Nosrati, pictured playing for Iran in 2006, has been suspended and fined £25,000
Sheys Rezaei, the player whose bottom was attacked, has also been banned, is shown five years ago here

Ban: Mohammad Nosrati (left) has been suspended and fined £25,000, and Sheys Rezaei (right) has also been banned

In Iran homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or in some cases of sodomy, even execution of the accused.

A number of other things are forbidden in Iran, including spiky hair, pet dogs, Facebook, ponytails, mannequins, rap music and ties.

Football is the most popular spectator sport in Iran, although women are barred from attending matches.

And in June this year the Iranian women's football team were kicked out of a qualifying match for the Olympics after they wore Islamic head scarves for a match against Jordan.

According to governing body FIFA, they had been 'informed thoroughly' that they would not be allowed to wear hijab scarves for safety reasons.

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