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Iran footballers join Twitter despite national ban

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Iran defender Hossein Mahini has had his personal Twitter account verified ahead of this summer's World Cup, despite the site being banned in his country since 2009. 

Mahini, who plays his club football with Persepolis, becomes the final piece of the World Cup social networking puzzle, as now all 32 countries at the competition will have players on the site. 

"I want to create an atmosphere for people to know more about what we do for them," he told Mashable.com.

"It will help me get closer to my fans. And people who like to know about our work can do it easier through Twitter."

Rubin Kazan's Sardar Azmou and midfielder Mohammed Reza Khalatbari have also joined the site. 

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who also has both Twitter and Facebook despite the ban being applied due to anti-government unrest, is pictured with the players in one of Mahini's tweets.

It is reported that Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey has shown his support of the player's actions.  

Iran will face the challenge of stopping Lionel Messi this summer in Brazil when they come up against Argentina. 

The side ranked 37th in the FIFA World Rankings will also face Bosnia & Herzegovina, as well as Nigeria as they look to progress out of Group F. 

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