Iranian Soccer Players Reportedly Arrested At Mixed-Gender Party

Iranian authorities have arrested soccer players who attended a mixed party east of Tehran, local media reported on January 1 without identifying them or giving their exact number. "Several current and former players of one of Tehran's prominent football clubs were arrested last night (December 31) at a mixed party in the city of Damavand," Tasnim news agency said. "Some of these players were in an abnormal state due to alcohol consumption," it added. Iranian law only permits non-Muslims to consume alcohol for religious purposes. Dancing with the opposite gender is forbidden.