Manchester United badge censored on Iranian TV

Manchester United badge censored on Iranian TV

Iranian television have caused a stir by deftly censoring the famous Red Devil on Man United's emblem during a broadcast of Tuesday's Champions League match over the country's law forbidding the depiction of mythical creatures.

The Red Devil has been synonymous with United since the early 1970s, originally being the symbol of local rugby league side Salford Red Devils, on the initiative of former manager Sir Matt Busby. Before that, the red and yellow stripes of the city's coat of arms was featured on the match instead, RT reported.

For its broadcast of the English Premier League side's UEFA Champions League last 16 match against PSG on Tuesday, an Iranian TV channel were forced to revert to a former version of the badge with the old design, as mythical creatures are banned in the Islamic Republic.