"... they were urged to shout the mournful cry, 'Ya Hossein!,' or 'O Hussein!' if Iran scored."Iran beat South Korea in the World Cup qualifying match, but it was the eve of Ashura, the Shiite's "most solemn and sorrowful holiday" and "the religious authorities said the match could proceed if the stadium were turned into a place of mourning, with black banners commemorating the death of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, more than 1,300 years ago.
Iran played South Korea in Tehran on Tuesday, the eve of the most solemn religious days in the country. Fans were urged not to cheer out of respect for religious values.
The attack came on the eve of Ashura, one of the most solemn holidays on the Shiite calendar.
When an a World Cup qualifier match lined up with a Shia holiday, Iranian officials agreed to a work-around.
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