Mixed-Gender Soccer Matches Aren’t OK In Iran

We recently reported on the late-night midfield tryst between Croatian soccer player Dino Drpic and his wife, which led to Drpic being placed on transfer list out of Zagreb. And by contrast, as if we needed more examples of the difference between Western and Middle Eastern culture, three officials in Iran have been suspended and fined because they held a soccer game in which men and women…played against each other.

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It is thought to have been the first mixed-gender soccer game since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. At first, the officials of  Esteghlal — which staged the match between the club’s female team and youth male side — denied that the game had taken place, but cell phone video was leaked that proved that this apparently egregious affront to humanity had occurred.

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