FIFA fines Iran over "religious manifestations" during World Cup qualifier

Iran are fined by FIFA after fans were asked to sing religious chants and wear black at a World Cup qualifier played on a holy day in the country.

FIFA has issued Iran with a fine and a warning over "several religious manifestations" during a recent World Cup qualifier in Tehran.

The 1-0 victory over South Korea at the Azadi Stadium was held on the first of two mourning days on the Shia Muslim calendar.

According to BBC Sport, Iranian fans were asked to sing religious chants and wear black, which was seen to go against FIFA's ban on political, religious or commercial messages at matches.

Also fined on Thursday by the world football governing body were Albania, Croatia, Kosovo, Brazil, Paraguay, Estonia, Ukraine, Chile and Argentina, for "discriminatory and unsporting conduct by fans".

Iran national football team coach, Carlos Queiroz, arrives for the final draw of the Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, in Costa do Sauipe, Bahia state, Brazil, on December 6, 2013
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