Footballers arrested in Iran for attending mixed-gender party: media

Footballers arrested in Iran for attending mixed-gender party: media
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The arrested footballers are reportedly players from several Tehran football clubs, according to Iranian state media.
The footballers have been accused by Iranian authorities of being in 'an abnormal state due to alcohol consumption' [Getty]

Iranian authorities have arrested football players who attended a mixed party east of Tehran, local media reported on Sunday, without identifying them or giving their exact number.

"Several current and former players of one of Tehran's prominent football clubs were arrested last night (Saturday) at a mixed party in the city of Damavand," Tasnim news agency said.

"Some of these players were in an abnormal state due to alcohol consumption", it added.

Iranian law only permits non-Muslims to consume alcohol for religious purposes. Dancing with the opposite gender is forbidden.

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The Islamic republic has been rocked by unrest since the September 16 death in custody of Mahsa Amini, 22, following her arrest for an alleged breach of the strict dress code for women.

Iranian officials say hundreds of people have been killed in the unrest, including members of the security forces, and thousands have been arrested.

A number of current and former footballers as well as other athletes and prominent figures have been detained or questioned by the authorities after voicing support for the protests.