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Ex-Man Utd no.2 Queiroz: South Korea's Choi has disrespected Iran

Iran national team coach Carlos Queiroz has hit out at South Korea's Choi Kang-hee for his recent comments regarding Iranian football.

Regarding next week's World Cup qualifier between the two nations in Ulsan, Choi recalled the Taeguk Warriors' trip to Tehran in October last year, suggesting he and his side were poorly treated by their hosts.

Choi said: "Our players all remember the poor treatment they got. I think we must make life painful for Iran."

Former Manchester United assistant and Real Madrid boss Queiroz took offence to those remarks and lashed out at Choi as he prepares his Iranian side for the crucial Group A meeting.

"Choi (Kang-Hee) comments has brought shame to (South) Korean football ... he disrespected Iranian footballers and coaches," Queiroz told the ISNA news agency.

"He is discontent that his team was not treated well in Iran but I should say that we provided them the best facility."

South Korea currently sit on top of the group on 14 points, marginally ahead of second-placed Iran, with just one fixture remaining in 2014 World Cup qualifying. The two top sides automatically qualify for Brazil with the third-placed team, currently Uzbekistan (on 11 points), set to take on Qatar on Tuesday.

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