Iran and South Korea respect holy day at Tehran World Cup qualifier

October 11 – Fans attending today’s World Cup qualifier between Iran and South Korea in Tehran have been asked to replace traditional nationalist support with religious slogans because the match takes place on a holy day.

Black flags will be raised in the Azadi Stadium and some terraces will be set aside for crowds of mourners according to the BBC

The match is being held on the first of two mourning days on the Shia Islam calendar. South Korea will wear black armbands as a sign of respect for the hosts.

Religious officials have recommended Iran forfeit the game but instead it has been decided mourning will take place at the 100,000-seat stadium.

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