Tunisia v Iran, Rades Olympic Stadium, Rades, Tunisia - March 23, 2018. Tunisia's Sassi Ferjani in action with Iran's Alireza Beiranvand. (REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)
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A conservative lawmaker in Iran slammed the sports federation Sunday for allowing star footballer Masoud Shojaei to return to the international squad despite appearing against an Israeli team last year.Iran does not recognize the Jewish state and bars its athletes from appearing against Israelis.Confusion has reigned over the matter, however, with Haji Safi never banned from the international squad, while Shojaei has missed all the international fixtures until Friday's match against Tunisia, which Iran lost 1-0 . Iran cannot admit it bans players for appearing against Israelis because there are strict international rules against political interference in sports.
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