In Iraqi holy city, row over female violinist at soccer match shows social rift
Wednesday, 7 August 2019 The match should have been cause for young Iraqis to celebrate. Their national team beat Lebanon 1-0 in the first competitive international hosted by Iraq for years in the holy city of Kerbala, complete with an opening ceremony of music and dance.
Complaints by religious authorities and conservative politicians over an uncovered woman playing Iraq's national anthem on the violin at a football match in the holy city of Kerbala, have laid bare the rift between Iraq's youth and its political class. Emily Wither reports.