5 Women Disguise Themselves as Men to Gain Entry to Iranian Football Match

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistApril 30, 2018

Persepolis soccer fans applaud their team during their AFC Champions League soccer match against Al Wahda at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran, Monday, May, 8, 2017. Persepolis won the match 4-2. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
Vahid Salemi/Associated Press

Five Iranian women disguised themselves as men so they could watch their favourite team lift the league title.

As reported by the Daily Sabah (h/t Thomas Bristow of the Daily Mirror), the quintet donned fake facial hair and wigs to gain entry into the match between Persepolis, who they were supporting, and Sepidrood Rasht.

Per Bristow, it is prohibited for women to attend matches in Iran, and they can face arrest if they are discovered.

Journalist Sobhan Hassanvand relayed a video of some of the women in attendance at the match:

Sobhan Hassanvand @Hassanvand

VIDEO: Iranian girls who sneaked in Azadi Stadium in disguise cheer their team via: @MahboobKhansari https://t.co/ir1DgNeHMC

There was also a photograph of the five in their disguises at the game at Tehran's Azadi Stadium:

Sobhan Hassanvand @Hassanvand

5 girls sneak in Azadi Stadium in disguise to celebrate Persepolis championship in Iran's Persian Gulf Pro League https://t.co/7VgUi4aQmA

Persepolis won the contest 3-0, capping off a fine campaign that culminated with them winning the Persian Gulf Pro League.

As reported by Max Margan of the MailOnline, 35 women were detained by police at the same venue three weeks ago in the fixture between Persepolis and Esteghlal.

According to the Daily Sabah, FIFA President Gianni Infantino was in the country recently and was promised by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that attempts are being made to change the laws on women being allowed inside stadiums.