The Iranian Volleyball Federation (IRIVF) announced that two teams – Shahrdari Varamin and Shahrdari Urmia – were removed from the men’s top division due to not taking the necessary measures within the deadline.
The IRIVF has announced that title contenders in the last several seasons Urmia and two-time champions Varamin have been excluded from the Super League. After repeated follow-ups and extension of the opportunity to settle debts and register contracts with their players, the governing body of Iranian volleyball came to the conclusion that it wasn’t possible to solve the problems of these teams. Some media in Iran reported that Urmia have arrears to their players and staff in the amount of more than 850,000 USD (26 billion tomans) and got a deadline to settle them by the end of the year.
In February this year, Urmia were sanctioned by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) for failing to pay debts to Italian setter Dragan Travica and his father, the coach Ljubomir Travica – both being registered by the three-time Super League vice-champions in the 2016-17 season.