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I’m going to break a habit of a lifetime and say something about football.

The Asian Football Business Review reports that the Government of Iran “unilaterally ditched the South Korean sponsors of a friendly international football tournament. ”

The political intervention is in response to South Korea’s decision to co-sponsor an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution in September that paved the way for Iran to be brought before the UN Security Council over its disputed nuclear program.

This year’s competition featured four teams: Iran, Macedonia, Paraguay and Togo. Romania was due to take part but pulled out after Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” — and was replaced by FYR Macedonia “B”.

Paraguay won.

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