Tehran, Dec 30, IRNA -- Head of the Control Center for the Greater
Tehran Law Enforcement Forces (LEF) Brigadier General Mohammad
Royanian said here Saturday that three players in the Firday's
Pirouzi-Esteqlal football match have been apprehended and charged with
disturbing public order at the Azadi Stadium.
He added that the LEF will seriously pursue the case in the
Royanian said that despite the incitement on the part of some
players and others, the LEF personnel in cooperation with
some spectators managed to control the disturbances.
He said it is the LEF's duty to prevent disturbances with the help
of the public.
The Pirouzi-Esteqlal match, as part of Iran's football league,
turned violent towards the end of the match which ended in a 2-2-
Tehran's police chief rejects arrests after post-match riots
Tehran, Dec 30, IRNA -- Tehran's Police Chief Mohsen Ansari refuted
reports that six players from Iran's two top football teams were
arrested after a battle on the pitch sparked rioting by fans.
He told IRNA that several faulty players were merely interrogated.
General Ansari also rejected reports broadcast on TV that the
football fans were involved in the riots.
He, however, told the government-run daily `Iran' on Friday that
over 60 faulty spectators had been arrested.
He singled out Esteqlal's goalie Parviz Boroumand, Pirouzi's
midfielder Hamid Estili and Esteqlal's defender Mohammad Navazi as the
three major agitators who, he said, are to be prosecuted. Ansari
rejected arrest of any players.
The Agence France Presse (AFP), citing an anonymous official with
the Iranian Football Federation said that Parviz Boroumand, Farhad
Majidi and Mohammad Navazi of Esteqlal, and Nasser Ebrahimi, Hamid
Estili and Ali Ansarian of Pirouzi have been arrested
He said they had been detained in the wake of the brawl at the
needle match Friday evening in Tehran's Azadi stadium.
The violence flared towards the end of the match at the Azadi
stadium in Tehran in which Pirouzi and Esteqlal were drawing 2-2.
The surface of a highway passing by the stadium was littered with
shattered car glasses some time after the end of the match.
Meanwhile, an official said that over 250 buses were smashed after
the mass brawl. He said that the damaged buses will be put on public
show on Saturday.
There has been intense rivalry between the two teams, who both
have internationals in the ranks, for the past 30 years and matches
between the two often involve violence.