Pan­io­n­ios play­ers re­buked

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Iran’s semi-of­fi­cial Fars news agency re­port­edly said yes­ter­day that the coun­try’s soc­cer fed­er­a­tion has is­sued a con­dem­na­tion of two Ira­nian play­ers be­long­ing to Greek club Pan­io­n­ios for tak­ing part in a match against Is­rael’s Mac­cabi Tel Aviv in a Europa League match on Thurs­day. The fed­er­a­tion re­port­edly said that it “strongly con­demns” the two play­ers – Ma­soud Sho­jaei and Eh­san Ha­jsafi – for play­ing against the team from Is­rael. More­over, it said it will first speak to the play­ers be­fore reach­ing a de­ci­sion on the case. The two coun­tries are bit­ter ri­vals and ath­letes from Iran avoid play­ing against Is­raeli play­ers and teams.

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