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Iranian TV censors Italian football club badge, blurs wolf’s nipples

Friday, 6 April 2018, 07:55 Last update: about 4 years ago

Eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Iranian state television censored the logo of Italian football club Roma during its coverage of UEFA Champions League football, the BBC reports.

While AS Roma were playing in the competition's quarter-finals, people watching Iran TV's third channel noticed that producers had blurred out a female wolf's teats on the club badge.

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The logo is the image from ancient myth of Rome's twin founders Romulus and Remus being suckled by the Capitoline Wolf.

However, that appeared to be too much for bosses at Iran's Voice and Vision organisation, and the club's badge appeared on screen with the nipples clearly blurred.

The move was greeted with taunts and mockery on social media.

"In 3,000 years, Remus and Romulus were only deprived of their mother's milk, but Iran's state broadcaster deprived them of even a wolf's milk," Denmark-based Iranian sports journalists Mehdi Rostampour wrote.

"People could have been provoked by the wolf's breasts!" said one Twitter user, while another mocked the producers' prudishness by claiming "We could have touched ourselves".

However, one user expressed their lack of surprise: "They're so meticulous."

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