Tehran (AFP) – Iranian football fans faced a tricky balancing act Tuesday as they watched their team win against South Korea during a religious holiday in which they were banned from expressing joy. Many took part in mourning processions as they gathered at the 75,000-capacity Azadi (“freedom”) stadium in Tehran to mark the eve of Ashura, one of the holiest days in the Iranian calendar.
Female Iranian chess players have hit back at calls by opponents of the country’s Islamic dress code for a boycott of February’s world championships in Tehran, saying the campaign hurts Iranian women. Since the Islamic revolution of...
Fans attending Iran and South Korea in Tehran are asked to chant religious slogans because it clashes with a holy day.
When an a World Cup qualifier match lined up with a Shia holiday, Iranian officials agreed to a work-around.
Ayatollah tells fans not to celebrate at South Korean match in Tehran scheduled on eve of holy day of Ashoura.