Moderator Tommy 11,844 Posted February 18, 2019 Moderator Share Posted February 18, 2019 Quote https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/iranian-tv-cancels-broadcast-bayern-14011352 Iranian TV 'cancels' Bayern Munich vs Augsburg broadcast 'because of woman referee Bibiana Steinhaus' Iranian state broadcaster IRIB reportedly 'cancelled' a screening of Bayern Munich's win over Augsburg because the referee in charge was female. Highly-rated German official Bibiana Steinhaus was given the appointment for the crucial Bundesliga game on Friday night. IRIB were due to screen title-chasing Bayern as part of their coverage of the European game. But their executives reportedly pulled the plug on the broadcast once they discovered the whistle-blower wasn't a man. According to German outlet BILD: "The Iranian state television IRIB removed the program at short notice." Iranian journalists reported the cancellation with thousands left disappointed at the last-minute alteration of the schedule. The Islamic country is understood to censor the showing of women in apparent revealing clothes such as football shorts. No official statement has been made to clarify the abandonment of the coverage. Steinhaus, 39, is the first woman to have officiated a men's senior football matches in Germany. She joined the Bundesliga rota in September 2017. Last year, she was named as one of Germany's best officials. She gave an interview to DW last year about her progress, saying: "The Bundesliga is one of the world's most respected leagues, so having a female official here is a big step in general for female officials. "The recipe for respect is to treat people the way you would like to be treated. You don't need to scream and shout to get a job done. Communication is key. "You must be polite, helpful and straight forward. If you can do this, I think you’re on the right path. "I don't really like the gender topic when it comes to refereeing I understand that it's a topic for people around me. "At the end of the day, the performance is what matters. And the person producing the best performance should be the person on the pitch, no matter what gender, what hair color, what religion. "That's all that counts." I remember when she was fourth official once, and Iranian TV showed the crowd every time she was seen. How fucking stupid Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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