Iranian TV ‘Cancels’ Bayern Munich Game Broadcast Because Female Referee Was Wearing Shorts.


An Iranian broadcast of Bayern Munich’s game against Augsburg was apparently cancelled because the female referee was wearing shorts.

Islamic Republic of Iranian Broadcasting [IRIB] were due to show the Bundesliga clash on Friday.

But local media and respected German news outlet Bild claimed it was pulled at the last minute after it was learned that Biabiana Steinhaus would ref the game at the WWK Arena.

Footage of women in revealing attire including shorts is censored in the chiefly Islamic country.

Steinhaus has previously appeared in a game shown in Iran, however broadcasters cut to shots of the crowd to avoid her.

The 39-year-old is arguably the highest profile female official operating in the sport.

Last season, Steinhaus became the first women to officiate in one of Europe’s top five leagues when she took charge of Hertha Berlin against Werder Bremen in September 2017.

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