International ‘Keeper Banned For The Most Ridiculous Reason Ever

Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Daniel Blazer
Managing Editor

You’re about to read an article that involves an international footballer being banned for SpongeBob SquarePants-based reasons.

Yes, you did read that right.

Iran goalkeeper, Sosha Makani, has been banned for six-months by the Iranian Football Association for wearing trousers that can only be described as resembling that of the Nickelodeon star, SpongeBob SquarePants.

If you hadn’t worked out already, Iran has strict laws on clothing, and have deemed Makani’s actions as “inappropriate conduct”. And, to be honest, when you see the trousers, it’s hard to argue against that. Bloody eyesore or what?!


The Persepolis ‘keeper isn’t the first footballer to be banned for a bizarre reason (and he certainly won’t be the last!).

Pretending to shoot bow and arrow at opposition player after scoring

Luis Moreno kicking Barranquila’s lucky mascot

The owl had flown down during the game with an injured wing, and for some bizarrely savage reason, Moreno opted to kick Barranquila’s lucky mascot, an owl. This resulted in the animal’s death and Moreno was banned for two games, fined $500 and ordered to do community service at a zoo.

Fighting your own teammates

Well you knew this one would be in here

Borat-based sending off

Ever been sent-off for rugby tackling a Borat impersonator? No, didn’t think so. But Ashley Vickers of Dorchester Town has.

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