When Iran face off against Nigeria for a June 16 match in the FIFA World Cup, fans in both teams’ home countries may be hard-pressed to find a public spot to watch the game.
In an attempt at crowd control, Iranian police banned cafes and restaurants from airing
World Cup games, even Iran’s own matches, the BBC reported Tuesday, citing local media.
The decision came just weeks after the country banned women from watching the games with
men in public cinemas.
Though Iranian TV will still air the games, police told the Cafe Owners Union in Tehran to
not tune in to broadcast matches.
Authorities in the northeast Nigerian city of Adamawa have ordered a ban on all public viewings of the games, citing the possibility of bombings during the events, per a separate report by the BBC. “Our action is not to stop Nigerians … watching the World Cup.
It is to protect their lives,” Brigadier General, Nicholas Rogers told reporters Wednesday.