Manchester United's badge has been censored on Iranian TV

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When the draw for the Champions League last-16 was made, Manchester United fans were fearing the worst.

On the day of the draw - December 17 - Jose Mourinho’s United were sixth and 11 points adrift of Chelsea in fourth.

Meanwhile, Paris Saint-Germain were looking irresistible in France.

Fast forward to the current day and the whole perception of the tie has changed.

United are unbeaten in 11 matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Mourinho and they’re now fourth in the Premier League.

As for PSG, they’ve looked unconvincing in recent weeks and will have to face the Red Devils without both Neymar and Edinson Cavani.


It’s added intrigue to a tie that was already hotly anticipated.

While the Champions League is a European club competition, there is plenty of interest from around the world.

And that includes Iranian TV.

However, their coverage of the match on their national news channel was slightly different.


Can you spot it?

Yep, they’ve used an extremely old version of United’s badge - from the 1970s in fact.

Well, it’s because it features a devil - a mythical creature - which breaks laws in Iran.

Something similar happened to the AS Roma crest last season.


They blurred out the historic image of Romulus and Remus suckling on a she-wolf's nipples.

It caused such a stir that it prompted Roma’s official Twitter account to send out a rather brilliant tweet.

At the time, Iranian sports journalist Mehdi Rostampour posted: "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."

And now the United badge is the latest to have been censored.

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