News ID: 322107
Published: 1104 GMT June 07, 2022

Tractor handed 3-0 loss over abandoned Persepolis match

Tractor handed 3-0 loss over abandoned Persepolis match
Bottles of mineral water are seen on the pitch side during a Persian Gulf Pro League match between Tractor and Persepolis in Tabriz, northwest Iran, on May 19, 2022.

Sports Desk

Northwest Iranian club Tractor was handed a 3-0 defeat by the Disciplinary Committee of the country’s Football Federation over the incidents at the home game against Persepolis in the recently-finished Persian Gulf Pro League.

The score was goalless at Tabriz’s Yadegar-e Imam Stadium on May 19 when referee Seyyed Reza Mahdavi blew in his whistle for an early end to the game with 19 minutes left on the clock.

The Disciplinary Committee underlined “throwing objects, and using swear words” among the infractions by the Tractor fans leading to the verdict.

Persepolis players were met with stones and bottles of mineral water on several occasions when approaching the corner flag to take a set piece – with the first incident coming midway through the first half when Reds’ skipper Omid Aalishah, who spent a short spell in the Tabriz-based club, was trying to restart the game.

While the League Organization of the federation had allowed only a 30 percent capacity for the Iranian league fixtures at the time – a measure taken against the coronavirus – some 60,000 spectators filled the stands.

The verdict added that Tractor will have to play its first home game of next season behind closed doors, while Aalishah will serve a one-match ban for making “provocative gestures” toward home supporters.

Next season’s league games between the two sides, as well as a possible cup encounter, will be played at neutral venues, the committee ruled. 

The ruling means that Persepolis finished second in the league with 63 points – five adrift of champion Esteghlal – while Tractor settled for a below-par 13th spot in the 16-team table.


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