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Iran Issues Arrests For 2 That Appeared In World Cup Support Video

Iran Issues Arrests For 2 That Appeared In World Cup Support Video 2

Police in Iran have reportedly arrested two people who appeared in an online video singing and dancing in support of the country’s football team.

The country’s official IRNA news agency quoted police chief Colonel Rahmatollah Taheri as saying the pair seen in the clip, produced by the London-based Ajam Band, were detained in the city of Shahroud.

The video shows young people, including women not wearing headscarves, singing and dancing in support of the national team, who are currently taking part in the World Cup.

Col Taheri called the video “vulgar” and urged young people not to take part in such activities.

Last month, police arrested six young Iranian men and women for dancing to the Pharrell Williams song Happy in an online video, but released them days later.

Iran have one point after two games of the World Cup, but their performances have been widely praised and they remain in with a chance of qualifying for the last 16.

They were minutes away from securing a shock 0-0 draw with Argentina on Saturday before losing to a late Lionel Messi goal.

The country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, posted a picture of him watching Iran’s opening game against Nigeria whilst wearing the national team’s shirt.

He wrote: “Proud of our boys who secured our first point – hopefully the first of many more to come.”


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