Tehran - Iran international Payam Sadeghian has been banned
for three months by the country's football association after pushing a referee
who sent him off in a domestic league match.
The Perspolis attacking midfielder was incensed at a
decision by Mohammad Reza Akbarian in Thursday's match against Foolad and raced
up to the referee to protest, gesticulating at the official.
Akbarian then showed Sadeghian a red card with the
22-year-old shoving his left hand into the referee before turning away and storming
off the pitch.
Iranian media said Sadeghian had also been fined for the
misconduct in the 2-0 loss but was able to appeal the decision.
The player had apologised after his shove but
denied claims he had used foul language towards Akbarian.
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