"This action can be considered as a violation of public chastity"

After one of their teammates scored the winning goal of a 3-2 match on Saturday, ending a long losing streak, Nosrati pressed his hand into Rezaei’s behind as they and their teammates jumped on each other in celebration.

As millions watched on television, Nosrati appeared to be trying to push his hand between Rezaei’s buttocks.

Iran’s football federation immediately banned both players for life. A judiciary official told Fars that Nosrati and Rezaei could also face public lashings, to be carried out on the very soccer pitch where the questionable behavior occurred.