Opposition protest cut out of Iran TV's football coverage
Guardian / Robert Tate
19-Sep-2009 (2 comments)

Live television coverage of an Iranian football match was blacked-out because sections of the crowd were chanting anti-government slogans and waving green emblems in support of the country's political opposition, it was claimed yesterday.

The premier league match between Esteghlal and Steel Azin took place at Tehran's Azadi stadium just hours after tens of thousands of green-clad protesters used the state-organised Quds Day anti-Israel demonstrations to voice their opposition to the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is accused of stealing Iran's recent election.

The game's scheduled live TV coverage was disrupted apparently after bosses of the state broadcaster, Irib, learned of the presence of protesters inside the stadium.

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by Proud_To_Be_Anonymous on

I can't wait to see video clips from inside of the stadium.  I hope some will be posted soon.


Thank you

by yolanda on

Thank you for the interesting article. It sounds like IRI wants to ban green color or they are uncomfortable with green color, but they forgot that the grass inside Azadi stadium is green anywaw without the green movement protesters. What is next? IRI will dye the grass to other color?