Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is dismissing the violent protests that broke out as a result of the recent presidential results as a product of high emotion, the same type of sentiments, he says, that happen after "a football match."

"Some people are sentimental and become excited. As I said, I compared it to a soccer match. Their team has not won in the match," he says, referring to supporters of his opponent, Mir Hossein Moussavi, who feel that their votes were not counted, and that the results were fixed by the Iranian government. "In the end, I don't think we'll have any serious challenges," Ahmadinejad says, "Sentiments are high and sometimes they do some stuff on the streets, but in the end we had 40 million people participating and what is happening on the streets is like a football match." [CNN]