Security forces attack Azeri fans in Tehran stadium

From The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer Sun Dec 9 2012, 15:44:14

By James M. Dorsey

Iranian security forces attacked supporters of Traktor Sazi FC, the foremost soccer club in Tabriz, the capital of Iran's Turkic East Azerbaijan province, highlighting mounting ethnic tension in the Islamic republic fuelled by economic hardship resulting from harsh international sanctions and controversial economic policies.

Witnesses and press reports said the attack took place during Traktor Sazi's away fr4om home match earlier this month against Tehran's Persepolis FC in the capital's Azadi stadium. It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties or whether Traktor supporters, who have a history of political protest in stadiums, were arrested.

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