Why Manchester United's Badge Has Been Censored On Iranian TV

An Iranian TV channel have been covering the build-up to the big Champions League last 16 game between Manchester United and PSG tonight but they've made a rather bizarre decision to censor the former's crest.

The national news channel elected to get rid of the current badge, which has been in use since 1998 and has the signature red devil in the middle.

Instead they used the 1970 version, which contains part of the Manchester coat of arms and was United's symbol for three years.

The reason being? Because the logo features a mythical creature, which is against the law in the country, it has been banned.

AS Roma experienced the very same treatment last season. BBC News reported that eagle-eyed viewers of the programme quickly noticed the the producers had decided to censor out "a female wolf's teats" on the club badge.

The club's logo of course pays homage to the ancient myth of Rome's twin founders Romulus and Remus being suckled by the Capitoline Wolf.

It prompted the admin of Roma's Twitter account to produce some absolute gold as a result.

Do you think the censoring is necessary?

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Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

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