Iranian police officers wait for the start of Iran's Esteghlal soccer match with Qatari Al-Rayyan, in AFC Champions League, at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)
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Female football fans who donned fake beards and wigs to attend a major match in Iran in defiance of a ban on women spectators were hailed as fearless by activists earlier Monday.The Islamic Republic has long barred women from attending male football matches and other sports fixtures, based at least partly on the theory that women should not hear fans swear.Safavi is in the Iranian reggae band Abjeez, whose song "Stadium" calls on Iranian men to support women in their fight to be allowed into sports fixtures.
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