Two Austria supporters have been kicked out of a friendly match after protesting the death of a woman in police custody

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ST POLTEN, Austria — Two supporters protesting the death of Mahza Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody in Iran earlier this month, have been expelled from the Friendly International of Iran after being accused of improperly wearing a veil. Uruguay by police in St. Bolton, Austria after entering a room allegedly fitted with a locked door.

Police approached the duo midway through the first half of the game at the NV Arena, 50 miles from Vienna, and asked them to hand over a placard that said Amini was ‘killed by the police of the Islamic Republic of Iran’.

After failing to persuade the supporters to end the protest, the police escorted them out of the stadium.

Amini’s death has sparked widespread protests in Iran, which have seen women take to the streets without their hijab (headscarves) and cut their hair in protest.

As a result of the situation in Iran, the country’s government insisted that the national team’s friendly match against Uruguay be played behind closed doors.

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But even though the game was officially listed as a ‘behind closed doors’ match, fans of both teams were allowed inside the NV Arena, with around 400 spectators in the main arena.

Before the match, the media were informed that neither Iran coach Carlos Queiroz nor any of the team’s players would be available for interviews after the match.

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