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Iran players told not to swap shirts at World Cup

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Iran players have been warned against swapping shirts at the upcoming World Cup in Brazil due to fear of running out of supplies.

The practice of swapping shirts after major games and events is common practice in football, but the Iranians now look constrained from doing same.

"We are not giving the players a shirt for every game," Iranian Football Federation President Ali Kafaschian told Fars News Agency news agency. "The players have to be economical with the shirts."

However, for Iranian players who rarely encounter European or South American opposition, an opponent's shirt would have a memorable souvenir to take back from Brazil.

And as Iran face Argentina and Lionel Messi in their second group match, it is hard to imagine the players not ignoring the warning.

Aside the limited supplies, the Iran Federation has been trying to address complaints from players and coaches about the quality of their kit supplied by German manufacturer Uhlsport.

Reserve goalkeeper Ali-Resa Haghighi has been quoted as saying his tracksuit in size XL shrank to medium after the first wash, but Kafaschian has blamed it on washing with the wrong water temperature.

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