Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi was the subject of tens of thousands of insulting remarks, as Iranian fans ‘trolled’ his Facebook account, after they were drawn alongside Argentina for the 2014 World Cup Finals.
Iranian Football Federation President Ali Kaffashian has spoken out against the thousands of fans from his country, who “trolled” the Facebook account of Argentine star Lionel Messi, by issuing a public apology via the Tehran Times.
“It’s a shame that some supporters left these comments on Messi’s page,” Kaffashian told the Iranian newspaper.
Lionel Messi was taunted by tens of thousands of Iranian supporters after Argentina was drawn against Iran in Group F of the 2014 World Cup, along with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Nigeria.
“On behalf of the IFF and the family of Iran football, I apologize to Messi. Let me know when his birthday is because I want to send him a gift.” Added Kaffashian.
Hundreds of Iranian fans however, were also critical of the abusive comments and posted their messages of support for Messi.
Also a focus of criticism for more conservative Iranians, was the attire of model and actress Fernanda Lima, which was considered “indecent” according to various comments.