The ugly side of the beautiful game in Iran

Top Iranian soccer club suspends team officials after organizing first co-ed match in 30 years

A top Iranian soccer club has apologized and suspended three officials after allowing its female youth team and its men’s squad to play against each other. It was the first co-ed match between official teams in the 30 years since the Islamic Revolution. Iran’s ruling clerics forbid any physical contact between unrelated men and women, even in sport. The men’s team won, 7 – 0.

International Herald Tribune