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Errant email to Israel costs Iranian soccer man his job

HERE is a lesson on how not to send out emails to huge mailing lists. Because if you follow the method detailed here, without checking to see if all of the recipients actually need to be receiving that email, you could end up in hot water.

In Iran, Mohammad-Mansour Azimzadeh Ardebili was director of the Iranian soccer league's foreign relations office (with an emphasis on 'was' -- past tense). Ardebili's office sent out a New Year's greeting to every country that belongs to FIFA, which sounds like a nice gesture.

Unfortunately for Ardebili, Iran does not recognise the existence of Israel, one of the recipients of the email.

Oy vey!

Unlike Ardebili's New Year's greetings to Narnia, Atlantis, and Middle Earth, the email to Israel presumably did not bounce back as an invalid address, which must have been quite the surprise.

"It was a big mistake sending an email to Israel's football federation," Ali Kaffashian, president of the Iran Football Federation, said in a statement carried by the semi-official Mehrs News Agency. "However, I am sure the director of the foreign relations office didn't do it on purpose."

That may be so, but that didn't keep Ardebili from resigning from his position. One errant email, and there goes your job.