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FIFA fine, warn Iran over ‘religious manifestations’

ZURICH: FIFA fined Iran and slapped them with a warning over “several religious manifestations” during a recent World Cup qualifier in Tehran, one of numerous countries punished on Thursday.

Albania and Croatia received the harshest penalties, 50,000 Swiss francs each ($51,000, 46,000 euros), and another seven federations were also fined, FIFA said in a statement.

“All of these proceedings relate to incidents involving discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans, including homophobic chants in some instances,” football s world governing body said.

“In the case of Iran, the association was fined CHF 45,000 for several religious manifestations during a match.”

Also fined were Kosovo, Brazil, Paraguay, Estonia, Ukraine, Chile and Argentina.  -AFP