An online petition was launched on Wednesday after the 'unfair' disqualification of Iranian boxer Ali Mazaheri in the second round of his fight against Cuban Jose Larduet Gomez.
Iran's heavyweight's boxer was disqualified after being given three warnings for persistent holding. Furious, Mazaheri left the ring before his disqualification was officially announced by the referee.
The Iranian boxer, who was leading by two points, accused the German referee of a fix."It was a fix. I could have got a bronze easily if it hadn't been for that" Reuters qouted Mazaheri as saying. "In my previous fights i had done really well. It was a set up," the boxer added.
The sports commentor also expressed his incomprehension describing the referee's decision as "crappy".
The petition, created shortly after the end of the fight, states:
"We, the undersigned, are outraged by the unfair and unsubstantiated disqualification of ali mazaheri in his match against cuba’s jose larduet, on 1st august 2012. We call for the immediate review and dismissal by the ioc of the referee responsible, for his disgraceful conduct and the destruction of ali mazaheri’s sporting dream, just minutes into his olympic debut."
On Twitter members of the Iranian community as well as sports fans vividly reacted to the referee's decision:
A Facebook page, with already more than 1,249 likes, was also created in support of Mazaheri.