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Iranian girls don fake beards, dress up as men to sneak into football stadium where women are banned

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The five females also managed to watch the Persepolis’ trophy presentation after their team won the Persian Gulf Pro League

Five Iranian girls risked arrest by dressing up as men to sneak into a stadium to watch their favourite team play a game of football and lift the league trophy.

Women are banned from attending matches in stadiums in Iran and are detained by police if they try to flout the rules.

This weekend, a group of young women donned male clothing, wigs and fake beards to pass as men, reports the Daily Sabah.

As they watched Persepolis beat Sepidrood Rasht 3-0, the girls filmed themselves sitting deep in the stands and surrounded by men.

The girls then stayed to watch Persepolis lift the Persian Gulf Pro League trophy.

One of the girls at the recent Persepolis game (Image: Twitter)

A month ago, Iran welcomed FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

The report adds that the Italian was promised by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that there are plans in place to change the laws regarding women being allowed to attend matches at stadiums.

According to Human Rights Watch , Infantino attended a game in a stadium which seats 100,000.

His appearance was followed by a tweet from OpenStadiums, an Iranian women’s advocacy group, which read: “When Mr. Infantino was enjoying a football match in men-only stadium, Iranian female football fans were under arrest.”

In 2014, an Iranian-British woman Ghoncheh Ghavami along with roughly 20 other females was arrested for attending a World League vollyball match. The women were released.

However, was arrested again on separate charges of “propaganda against the state”, spending nearly five months in solitary confinement.

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