Iranian Soccer Players Wear Protest Colors During Game in Seoul

The players wore the colour adopted by the opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi in an apparent show of support.

He challenging the presidential election last week, in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected.
Most of the players had removed the bands in the second half.

Protesters in Iran who accuse the government of widespread fraud have been wearing similar green wristbands.
The team's captain, Mehdi Mahdavikia, was the only one of the players to keep his armband on after half time.

It was suggested the other players had been ordered by the coach to remove their bands.

At least five Iranian football players wore green bands around their wrists or arms during a World Cup qualifying match against South Korea today in an apparent protest against a disputed election at home.

The players, including captain Ali Karimi, wore green - the signature colour of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi - in an apparent show of support.

Protesters at home who accuse the government of rigging Iran's June 12 election in favour of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have been wearing similar green wristbands.

Karimi had green bands wrapped around both wrists.