On June 18th Iran played South Korea in a World Cup qualifying match that ended in a 1-1 draw, and eliminated Iran from contention for next year's tournament.
More critically, six Iranian players wore green wristbands to protest the stolen election and political turmoil in Iran. At halftime the players were ordered to remove the bands. Now, four of these players, including the legendary Ali Karimi have been banned or "retired" from playing with the national team. The repurcussions on the remaining two players is currently unknown.
While politics and football are always intertwined, this is one particularly sad example of this fact. For the full story click here