Iranian banned for three months after pushing referee
11 August 2014, 10:34
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 appologised after his shove but denied claims he had used foul language towards Akbarian.