SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) -- A football friendly between South Korea and Iran scheduled for next month has been canceled, the sport's local governing body said Tuesday.
"The Iran Football Federation recently informed us that Iran won't be able to face us because of some scheduling issues," an official with the Korea Football Association (KFA) said. "We're seeking another opponent to play."
The KFA had announced last month that the two Asian rivals would meet on Sept. 6, one of several FIFA-designated international match days, at a South Korean venue that was to be determined later. It would have been an opportunity for South Korea to avenge a pair of losses to Iran during the final Asian qualification round for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Iran defeated South Korea 1-0 in Tehran last October and by the same score in Ulsan, south of Seoul, in June. Both countries qualified for the World Cup.
Tempers flared in the buildup to the last South Korea-Iran contest, as players and coaches from both teams traded verbal jabs. Then after the match, as Iranian players celebrated their win by running around the pitch while holding their national flag, angry South Korean fans hurled plastic bottles and other debris at them.
KFA officials accused Iran's head coach Carlos Queirzo of taunting the South Korean bench with an obscene hand gesture after the match.
South Korea at first tried to schedule the friendly against a team from Europe or South America but countries in those regions are still in action in their regional World Cup qualifying rounds. KFA officials then decided to bring home Iran for a chance for revenge.