Iranian club fined for laser-flashing fan misconduct

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) " Iranian football club Esteghlal FC has been ordered to pay fines totaling $51,000 over the misconduct of its spectators who flashed laser beams at opposing players and the referee during two recent matches.

The Asian Football Confederation's disciplinary committee also said Wednesday that if there are further similar breaches over the next two years, Esteghlal FC will be forced to play a home game in an empty stadium.

The AFC said home fans at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Feb. 7, in addition to flashing the lasers, also threw projectiles on to the field which caused explosions during a 0-0 draw with Al Sadd of Qatar, a qualifying match for the Asian Champions League.

It said Esteghlal FC fans also flashed lasers during the club's 2-0 win in an ACL match in Tehran on March 13 against Lokomotiv of Uzbekistan. Esteghlal leads the group with two wins from two matches.

In other sanctions announced Wednesday, the AFC said it banned four players and three officials from the Lebanon beach soccer team from football-related activity over varying periods after they were found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute following their semifinal match against United Arab Emirates earlier this month.

The AFC did not give details of the incident at the AFC beach soccer championships in Malaysia.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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