Four Members of the Iranian National Soccer Team "Retired" For Refusing to Remove Protest Armbands
(CNN) - Four Iranian footballers have been "retired" from the national side after protesting against the contested election result in the country during a match against South Korea, according to media reports.
The players drew attention to the situation in Iran by wearing green armbands during last week's World Cup qualifying match in Seoul.
Green was the color used by opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi during his campaign for the presidency and has been widely worn by supporters protesting since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced the winner.
Six players wore the armbands during the first half of the match, returning in the second minus the accessories.
However, according to Iranian news reports four players -- Ali Karimi, 31, Mehdi Mahdavikia, 32, Hosein Ka'abi, 24 and Vahid Hashemian, 32 -- have been "retired" from the sport following the gesture.
Go To Hell Dictator: compatriots, we will be with you to the end with the same heart.”— Protesters outside the World Cup qualifyer between Iran and South Korea