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News number: 8805071028

14:19 | 2009-07-29

Sports

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Ali Karimi Delisted from Persepolis Squad

TEHRAN (FNA)- The officials of Tehran's popular soccer team Persepolis announced that they do not aim to extend the contract of legendary striker Ali Karimi.



"Persepolis will not extend Ali Karimi's contract because the club's list is full," Persepolis Club chief executive Abbas Ansarifard told FNA on Tuesday.

Ansarifard reiterated that the officials of Persepolis waited a long time Monday night for Karimi and his agent to extend the contract but they didn't come.

The former AFC Player of the Year, Karimi, expressed his anguish at the late announcement of the decision.

"The club kept me waiting for four weeks for nothing. Now, I will leave it to the fans to make the right judgment," the AFC quoted Karimi as saying.

"This club belongs to players like Ahmad Reza Abedzadeh, Karim Bagheri, Mehdi Mahdavikia… who played their part in its history," the soccer star added.

"Persepolis is my first and last home. I am confident that I can come back to Persepolis to hang my boots," he noted.

On June 23, the thirty-year-old Karimi announced his retirement from the Iranian national soccer squad after Iran failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.