Iran defeat South Korea in World Cup qualifier as fans respect holy day Tasu'a at Azadi Stadium

Iran defeat South Korea in World Cup qualifier as fans respect holy day Tasu'a at Azadi Stadium ...
mirror.co.uk 11/10/2016 Sports

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17:44, 11 OCT 2016 UPDATED 17:49, 11 OCT 2016
BY JACK RATHBORN
Iran ran out 1-0 victors at the Azadi Stadium after fans were told by religious leaders to mourn and not cheer during the match due to the Shia Islam date in the calendar
Fans who attended the Iran vs South Korea World Cup qualifier in Tehran on Tuesday refused to sing football chants out of respect for Tasu'a.
Iran clinched a 1-0 victory through Sardar Azmoun's goal to top Group A in qualification for Russia 2018 and fans brought black flags and banners with religious slogans to the Azadi Stadium to respect the first of two mourning days in the Shia Islam calendar.
Fans whistled whenever the visitors had possession and cheered at the final whistle after securing the win.
Visitors South Korea donned black armbands as a gesture to their opponents after tension between the two countries.
Some clergymen had initially voiced their preference for the match to be forfeited, but the match went ahead at the 100,000-seater stadium.
Iranian officials had complained when South Korea captain and Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng likened Tehran to a big prison.
The 27-year-old also claimed some Iranian fans threw bottles and other missiles at his team upon arriving in the capital city wearing air pollution masks.
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