Iran’s footballers in trouble after female fan selfies

Woman fan’s message: “Will Alireza marry me?” (File photo: AFP)

Iranian footballers have been threatened with punishment back home if they pose for “selfies” with female fans as they continue with their Asia Cup matches abroad, The Telegraph reported Sunday.

“Players are not allowed to pose for selfies with female fans,” head of the Iranian Football Federation’s disciplinary committee, Ali Akbar Mohamedzade, said.

Mohamedzade warned the players that these women “may later use these photos for political ransom against our country or sue the players for harassment”

He added: “If the players refuse to act according to our clear instructions then we will be left with no option but to deal with them.”

But he did not specify how the committee will deal with them.

While images showing “inappropriately dressed” women have been censored from media coverage back home, on social media, some women have become well-known.

One lady fan in Australia was seen wearing a short tank top, showing her stomach, replaced the central white strip of the national flag, which carries the national emblem, with a message saying: “Will Alireza marry me?”

Alireza Haghighi is the Iranian team’s popular goalkeeper,

“In some of the selfies that our players have taken with the fans we can see they appear next to people whose appearance we regard as being against our moral principles,” Mohamedzade said.

“I have therefore had to contact the national coach and questioned him about this issue and he has explicitly denied having agreed to posting of such selfies on social networks.”

Iran's 1-0 win against Qatar secured them a place in the quarterfinals, making the team one of the favorites to reach the Asian Cup 2015 finals.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44
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