A photograph of the Iranian women's football team reportedly taken in April, 2015.
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Iran footballers investigated over lesbian claims

Iranian authorities are investigating the women's national football team because they believe some players might be homosexual.

Under Iran's Sharia law homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. Gender reassignment surgeries are seen as an antidote to the 'illness'.

Transexuality has been tolerated since 1987, when the late founder of the Islamic republic, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa.

BBC Monitoring looks at how the women's football team has faced scrutiny in Iran.

Produced by Shahin Azimi and Alexi Peristianis

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  • 27 May 2016
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