"Iranians are sick and tired of hearing the same anti-West and anti-Saudi slogans that have been chanted for the past 30 years."
This may be explained by the exceptionally tense relationship between Iran and other Gulf countries at present, and the fact that [Iranian president Mahmud] Ahmadinejad is trying to tone things down. Before the football match, the president specifically ordered that politics should stay out of the stadium. The government is very worried that the international media, who are covering the championship, may focus on this kind of incident to discuss Iranian politics in a bad light.I do not recall police ever attacking the Basij militia before. This militia is paid by the state to defend the Islamic regime. It is even more surprising that the police used force against them and that some Basiji were actually beaten.
On leaving the stadium, supporters continue