As we reported earlier, a number of Iran footballers wore green wristbands in the first half of their WC qualifer against South Korea today in Seoul. They were forced to take them off for the second, as noted here and around the web.
Now an Iranian team official has said the players were only observing "religious tradition," and removed them to "deny any speculation and misunderstanding."
Sounds good... I mean, green was associated with Islam way before The Green Wave and Iran Election 2009. But there is one small issue. Look after the jump... lots of pics of Iran football... try to find a green wristband. (Spoiler: You won't)
This first image is from the 2006 World Cup. If you saw any of that, you should remember that no one in the Iran squad wore any religious gear. The rest of the pics were collected from across the web, from different games and dates. There's one common thread...