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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) Jan 1 - Iran's soccer federation suspended seven players and two coaches from the nation's most-popular teams for fist fights that sparked widespread fan rioting, the state-run news agency reported Sunday.

The rioting broke out after players fought toward the end of a match Friday between Pirouzi and Esteqlal, both popular clubs.

After the match, three players - two from Esteqlal and one from Pirouzi - were arrested. They were released on bail Monday. The three received the harshest penalties from the soccer federation - suspensions ranging from nine to 18 months and fines up to $1,250. The other players received

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TEHRAN, Jan 1 (Reuters) - Iranian police on Monday released three soccer players accused of starting a brawl at a Tehran derby last week which led to street battles between rival fans, the official IRNA news agency said. The Iranian Football Federation imposed a range of fines and bans on the trio and on six other players, as well as the two coaches from Pirouzi and Esteghlal, Iran's top two teams.

The fighting broke at the end of a tense top-of-the-table match, with the score level at 2-2. Esteghlal goalkeeper Parviz Broumand threw the first punch, hitting a Pirouzi player in the face.

What Iranian media described as a "kick-and-run" brawl then broke out,
spilling on to the terraces and into the streets.

Some 250 buses were damaged as rival supporters rampaged through the
Tehran suburbs late on Friday. More than 60 people were arrested.

Broumand was hardest hit with an 18-month ban and a 10-million-rial ($1,263) fine.

Matches between the sides have often ended in fighting, but the level of violence after Friday's game was believed to be unprecedented, IRNA said.

($1 = 7,916 rials)

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