The photograph has been seen by millions around the world and shows supporters risking jail to see their beloved team in action By Jon Lockett 30th April 2018 FEMALE football fans in Iran have dodged an archaic ban on them attending live matches by donning fake BEARDS. Hardline rulers decree women are not allowed to attend any sporting events inside the Islamic republic - and they face jail if caught. The women in disguise inside Tehran's Azadi Stadium to watch their team in action
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But as these amazing photos show, some will go to great lengths to watch their favourite teams in action. The pictures captured the women in disguise inside Tehran's Azadi Stadium as Persepolis were crowned national champions. They risked jail to watch their team clinch the Persian Gulf Pro League with a 3-0 victory over SepidroodRasht. The women slipped past Stadium security to watch their team by wearing fake beards, wigs and male clothing. The fans snuck past stadium security wearing fake beards, wigs and male clothing Women are not allowed to attend any sporting events inside Iran
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Now photos of their escapade have gone viral and have been seen by millions of people around the world. Earlier this month dozens of women football fans were arrested in Iran trying to do the same thing. Their attempt coincided with FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s visit to the country. He was on a two-day visit to take part in a ceremony to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iran’s football federation. Instead he was forced to defend his organisation's decision not to expel Iran from the federation over its human rights record. Infantino said IranianPresident Hassan Rohani informed him he planned to allow women to attend sporting events soon. Photos of their escapade have gone viral and have been seen by millions
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Infantino said: “I was promised that women in Iran will have access to football stadiums soon. “He told me that in countries such as (Iran), these things take a bit of time." In 2014, a Iranian-British woman was jailed for five months after being arrested trying to attend a volleyball match.
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