A SUNSPORT reporter was forced to wear a hijab to interview the Iranian soccer team after a game – in Austria.
A stunned Isabelle Barker was told she could only speak to the international squad and coach Carlos Queiroz if her hair was covered.
Angry, Isabelle considered hosting a one-woman protest outside the team’s hotel in Vienna, but went on with her work like a true professional.
The hijab demand came from squad security before a press conference at the hotel yesterday, a day after Iran beat Uruguay 1-0 in a friendly.
Public protests erupted in Iran after police allegedly beat a woman to death for wearing a headscarf incorrectly.
Isabelle said she tried to buy a hijab after ordering but the shops had closed so she made one out of a t-shirt.
She said of the ultimatum: “I couldn’t believe what was being asked of me and I even thought of staging my own protest. But I had a job, so my only real option was to comply.”
England will play Iran in the World Cup opener in Qatar on November 21.
Isabelle stressed that the hijab order did not come from the team’s press secretary, former Man United manager Queiroz, or any of the players, which includes Omid Ebrahimi, “who were all friendly and cooperative”.
The Football Federation of Iran previously blocked all media from covering Friday’s game before making a U-turn.
Tensions flared during the game when two fans were kicked out of the NV Arena for unveiling an anti-Iran sign.
Protesters in Iran have burned hijabs in solidarity with Mahsa Amini, 22, who died after allegedly being beaten by the country’s vice squad on September 16.
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