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Palace Represented At Iran Charity Tournament

14 March 2018

Last week saw Crystal Palace represented in a charity football tournament in Iran, held to help raise money for children affected by the deadly earthquake that struck the country in October 2017.

Over 400 people died and another 7,000 were injured when a quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale hit the Iraq-Iran border, and six months on some victims remain homeless after hundreds of homes were destroyed.

To help generate funds for those still suffering, Iranian football legend Mehdi Mahdavikia, who played over 200 times for Hamburg in the Bundesliga between 1999 and 2007 and currently coaches there, had the idea for local kids to represent a number of German and English teams, dressed in their respective kits.

In total nine teams agreed to help by providing the children with their strips, including Bayern Munich, Hamburg, RB Leipzig and three English teams: Liverpool, Fulham and Crystal Palace, aided by the efforts of Eagles club doctor Dr Amir Pakravan who liaised with the tournament organisers and club management to see the club represented.

As expected, the competition raised some funds for the earthquake victims, attracted media coverage and most importantly helped the participants, many of whom had lost parents and siblings, to help temporarily forget about all their hardships.

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