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Hooligans Cause Iran's Head Coach to Resign
AP, April 21st, 2009 4PM

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Iranian state television says that just two weeks after getting appointed head coach, Mohammed Mayely-Kohan resigned. According to the head of Iran's soccer federation, Ali Kafashian, the coach resigned after disputes with supporters of a prominent club team affected the national team.

On Sunday, Mayely-Kohan called the supporters of Esteqlal "hooligans" and criticized the team's manager for his alleged incompetence.

His resignation comes with Iran fourth in the five-team Group B of Asian World Cup qualifiers with six points from five games. South Korea leads the group with 11 points, one point ahead of North Korea and Saudi Arabia. Read the original story...


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