06/24/2014, 00.00
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Iran arrests three people for supporting their national football team

The three football fans appear in a video dancing and singing in support of Iran's World Cup football team. Scenes in the video were shot inside and outside Iran. Provincial police chief describes their action as vulgar and urges fans not to participate in such activities.

Tehran (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Iranian police arrested three people who appeared in an online video of young men and women singing and dancing in support of the country's World Cup football team.

Provincial Police Chief Colonel Rahmatollah Taheri said that the video clip, produced by the London-based Ajam Band, features scenes from outside and inside Iran, including the city of Shahroud, where two 23-year-olds appearing in the film and a young photographer were arrested.

The video shows young people, including women not wearing the mandatory headscarf, singing and dancing in support of Iran's national team, interspersed with footage from matches. They are shown waving Iranian flags and dancing in cars, streets, homes and public parks.

Taheri called the video "vulgar" and urged the youth not to take part in such activities. The official said those arrested have been referred for possible prosecution.

In May, police arrested six young Iranians after they posted a video in which they are dancing at the sound of Pharrell Williams' song "Happy", but released them some time later.

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