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11/01/2011 01:30 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

Mohammed Nosrati And Sheis Rezaei, Iranian Soccer Players, Suspended For 'Immoral' Behavior (VIDEOS)

Two Iranian soccer players have been indefinitely suspended for "immoral" behavior after appearing to intimately touch fellow players during goal-scoring celebrations celebrations.

As the BBC is reporting, one televised segment of the match shows Persepolis defender Mohammed Nosrati apparently pinching teammate Sheis Rezaei's bottom, while a second, later clip shows Rezaei patting a teammate.

Although both Nosrati and Rezaei have insisted the pat was meant purely as an inoffensive, fun gesture, both "have been suspended for an indefinite period from all football-related activities for their immoral behaviour,” according to Ismail Hasanzadeh, the Iranian soccer federation's disciplinary chief, according to the AFP.

In addition, the incidents -- for which the players have also been fined an estimated $40,000 -- have been similarly condemned by officials and commentators. "What happened is absolutely not acceptable because it was a very ugly thing," Jalal Yahyazadeh, a cleric and member of parliament, is quoted as saying by Reuters.

Watch the "offensive" gestures in question below: