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Iran bans public screening of World Cup matches for families

TEHRAN: Authorities in Tehran canceled plans to allow families to watch Iran’s World Cup football opener against Morocco on Friday in the stadium and public parks of the Islamic republic’s capital. The Islamic Republic is thought to be the only country in the world that refuses to allow fans to gather in open public spaces for the World Cup, possibly due to opposition to the idea of men and women watching together. There had been excitement after officials at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium announced that families would be…