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Hooligans Cause Iran's Head Coach to Resign

  • AP, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4 PM
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.

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