Can a football match be censored? Exactly what happened in Iran. Find out how and why.

In Iran’s state TV censored UK soccer match in order to avoid showing female referee’s legs on TV.

The Premier League between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United was telecasted on Iranian television this past Sunday. Fans noticed around 100 cuts in between the match. The reason being one of the referee being a woman, Siana Massey-Ellis. Whenever she came up on the screen, the broadcaster’s censored it and cut the programme for a while.

According to an Iranian civil rights group, this happened more than 100 times over the course of the state television broadcast.

Addressing the furor, My Stealthy Freedom said in a statement: “Islamic Republic leaders do not allow a woman with her hair uncovered and her bare knees to be shown on the state-owned TV.

“The television censors were rattled by the presence of a female referee in shorts. Their solution was to cut away from the live action to views of London’s backstreets, which made a mockery of the game.”

As pointed out elsewhere, this isn’t the first time that such a development has unfolded.

(sourced from RT.com, Russia Today)

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