November 28, 2011

Iran Spanks Soccer Players Over Butt Pat: Iran's football association imposed suspensions and $30,000 fines on two Iranian soccer players accused of celebrating a goal in an "immoral" manner. Last month, Persepolis defender Mohammed Nosrati patted the butt of teammate Sheys Rezaei while celebrating a goal in a nationally televised match. The patter Nosrati gets 10 months suspension and the patted Rezaei 20 months.

posted by rcade to soccer at 10:41 AM - 11 comments

Evidently, they have a don't ass, don't tally rule.

posted by beaverboard at 11:00 AM on November 28, 2011

20 month suspension? Talk about get spanked.

posted by BornIcon at 11:52 AM on November 28, 2011

The patter Nosrati gets 10 months suspension and the patted Rezaei 20 months.

The patter gets less time than the patted?

That seems unfair...beyond the unusual "getting suspended for a butt pat" thing.

posted by grum@work at 11:56 AM on November 28, 2011

Doesn't sound too unusual for a radical Muslim theocracy that regularly executes homosexuals. Considering that, they probably got off easy.

posted by insomnyuk at 12:59 PM on November 28, 2011

This deserves some sort of award for best framing of a post. "Iran Spanks" indeed. Well played, rcade.

posted by Joey Michaels at 02:39 PM on November 28, 2011

The patter gets less time than the patted?

Sadly, from my distant, limited perspective this seems in line with Muslim custom. Consider that the female victim in a rape is in at least some cases outcast or stoned. Maybe Iranian soccer players, male and female, need to wear burqas to avoid tempting anyone.

posted by billsaysthis at 04:00 PM on November 28, 2011

In line with Iranian custom, I think you mean. The subset of "Muslim" includes most "Iranians." "Muslim" is not a subset of "Iranian."

posted by Adept at 05:33 PM on November 28, 2011

Maybe the problem is that it wasn't Man-Love Thursday?

Note: I have no clue if that's Persian practice, but I have it on good authority that it is a popular Iraqi/Arab practice. And I can vouch for the fact that's a very popular Afghan practice.

posted by Bonkers at 08:36 PM on November 28, 2011

Adept, since the articles I've seen cover numerous countries and not just Iran I will stand with my original assessment.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:25 AM on November 29, 2011

I'm not one to jump to the defense of autocratic, anachronistic policies, but just because the Iranian government is a bunch of wack-a-moles doesn't mean that these laws/policies are popular with Iranians, Muslims (writ large), or others. Does your government uphold the values you profess? Would you say their words, deeds and reactions are yours?

I think it's rather provincial to consider "Muslim" as a block and not give the the same benefit of the doubt, or appreciation for nuance, as you would yourself or those most like you. Too many absolutes spoil the broth.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 06:00 PM on November 29, 2011

Quite right. My daddy always said not to trust anyone who made broad sweeping statements.


posted by JJ at 05:25 AM on November 30, 2011

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