Tonight is the World Cup draw show for next year’s tournament which will be held in Russia. It will be closely followed in the 32 participating nations.
Every football fan from far and wide wants to see immediately who their beloved team will face in Russia next year.
Iran, a nation of 80 million soccer crazy fans, will follow as well, albeit a little later than other nations.
You see, in Muslim countries, and certainly, in the conservative ones which Iran certainly is, any television show hosted by another country is shown with a five-minute delay, so as to allow the ‘conservative religious police’ to block out any indecent imagery.
Back in 2013, when there was a show to draw who would play against whom in Brazil during the world cup of 2014, the organizers of Fifa had asked Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen to present, which she did in glorious fashion.
However, given the Brazilian femme fatale’s revealing dress, Iranian viewers (yes, they also qualified in 2014) were left with looking at a blackened screen for the half of the show as the Iranian religious police felt that Gisele’s décolleté was an absolute no-no.
This time, the show will be presented by British soccer maestro Gary Lineker, who will be assisted by Russian beauty Maria Komandnaya.
According to Miss Maria Komandnaya, she received numerous letters and emails from Iran (and other Arab nations) over the past weeks and months, all with the same demand for her. Whatever you do, don't dress too sexy or we won’t be able to watch.
“The draw is an extraordinary time,” Komandnaya said in a statement.
“Millions of fans are holding their breath, hoping their dreams will come true. It’s the time when the World Cup officially begins.
The Iranians should also ask not to be drawn in a group with Germany of course.