Five women disguised themselves as men so they could sneak into an Iranian football match in brazen defiance of the country’s strict Islamic law.
Wearing fake beards, wigs and men’s clothing, the group snuck past security at Tehran’s Azadi stadium to watch their team, Persepolis, be crowned champions of the Persian Gulf Pro League.
Women have been banned from attending football matches in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution, with officials saying they must be protected from the vulgar atmosphere.
‘Wish one day soon they can enter stadiums with their own identity,’ one social media user commented on a picture, which has since gone viral.
The bold move came just three weeks after 35 women were arrested trying to attend a match between Persepolis and Esteghlal at the same stadium.
The women wore fake beards, wigs and men’s clothing as they watched their team, Persepolis, be crowned champions of the Persian Gulf Pro League
Government officials said the women were ‘held’ – not arrested – and released after they were transferred to what a ministry spokesman described as a ‘proper place’.
Last year, another group of women attempted to disguise themselves and were detained during a soccer match at AzadiStadium.
Alireza Adeli, head of security for the Tehran municipality, said it was not the first time it had happened.
‘Girls have tried in the past to enter the stadium,’ he said, adding that women would remain barred because of ‘crowding’ and ‘inappropriate conditions’.
‘The ban is aimed at preserving their honour, because the stadium’s atmosphere, commotion, and crowds are no place for them,’ he told Memri.
‘Women who wish to watch the match can do so on TV, which broadcasts the games and gives everyone a way to watch them live.’
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