Iran Mixed Football controversy

February 11, 2009


“The leading Iranian football club (Esteghlal football club), has apologised for allowing its women’s team and its men’s youth team to play each other….The match is reported to have happened earlier this month at a stadium in south Tehran. This was the first mixed football match since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the Associated Press reported. Mixed sports are strictly forbidden in Iran. Women are not even allowed into football grounds to watch men’s games. 

But the head of the club’s academy, Alireza Mansourian, said “the two teams had come into contact only briefly, after their training sessions overlapped and on examination, I concluded that the incident did not happen in the way it is alleged.”

The club announced on its website that three officials, including the women’s and youth team coaches, had been suspended and fined.”


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Associate Professor in Sports Law, Staffordshire University; British Gymnastics Senior Coach

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