Soccer is not war, Mayeli-Kohan says

TEHRAN, July 1 (MNA) -- Former Iranian soccer team coach says he disagrees with the expression “soccer is war”.

“Soccer is not war but it is an honorable competition. I weep when some Iranian experts compare it to war,” Mohammad Mayeli-Kohan told reporters on Monday night at the Shahid Avini Cultural Center.

Soccer is a divine gift which is made for reconciliation and we have to learn how to make use of it properly, he added.

Mayeli-Kohan’s side came in third in the 1996 Asian Nations Cup. Iran defeated Kuwait in a penalty shoot-out in the UAE and finished third in the tournament.

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