Defying ban, Iranian women watch World Cup with men in public

Reza Sayah – CNN – Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Diners watch World Cup on TV.
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Inside one Tehran coffee shop, a young, veiled Iranian woman held her fiance’s hand tightly as the seconds ticked down in Iran’s heart-stopping World Cup match against South American powerhouse Argentina.

Throughout the rest of the cafe other women intermittently cheered, gasped, and shouted instructions at the direction of the big screen TV.

For the past 35 years, the crowds at football games — Iran’s most popular sport — have been all male . . .

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