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26 January, 2009 - Published 16:24 GMT
Mixed footie match angers Iran
Iran's leading football club has apologised after men's and women's teams played each other contrary to Islamic law. Esteghlal football club, which was top of the Iranian league, has penalised three officials and made an official apology. Jon Leyne reports:
The match took place on a training ground between the Esteghlal women's team and their men's youth team. Mixed sports are strictly forbidden in Iran, and women are not even allowed to go into football grounds to watch men's games.
As Esteghlal is owned by the government, there was an immediate inquiry. The two coaches involved have been suspended for a year and fined and the head of the club's academy has also been fined. He claimed that the two teams only came into contact briefly after their training sessions overlapped and he insisted his club was committed to ''moral values'', as he put it.
But the Iranian media say the two teams played a match in which the boy's team won seven - nil.
Jon Leyne, BBC News, Tehran
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