Iranian women allowed to watch live football match


Federation Internationale de Football Association has previously threatened to issue sanctions against Iran in the event that it failed to allow women to attend matches; however, it's unclear exactly what those measures would entail.

Women have been kept from attending men's games for 40 years because of a ban imposed after the Islamic Revolution.

The ban on women in stadiums is not written into law or regulations, but it has been strictly enforced.

Women were quick to get their hands on tickets to attend Iran's 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Thursday.

"Iran's decision to allow a token number of women into the stadium for tomorrow's football match is a cynical publicity stunt by the authorities meant to whitewash their image following the global outcry over Sahar Khodayari's tragic death".

Iran responded by making tickets available for Thursday's Qatar 2022 qualifier against Cambodia available to all to buy.

Under worldwide pressure since Khodayari's death, the authorities have allowed a quota of tickets to be sold to women for tomorrow's game, though only four sections - totalling around 3,500 seats - of the 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium have been allocated to women spectators.

IRANIAN will this week be allowed in to watch a football match in the country for the first time in 40 years.

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The world football governing body, FIFA will "stand firm" in ensuring women have access to all football matches in Iran despite claims the world governing body could have prevented the death of an activist. She told news service AFP that she last stepped into Azadi stadium about 25 years ago with her father.

"The worldwide community, including world football's governing body FIFA, must also ensure that women are permitted to attend all matches freely and without discrimination".

"I still can't believe it's happening because after all these years watching every match on TV, I'm going to be able to experience everything in person", she said.

The bumpy road Iranian women have travelled in order to gain free access to stadiums has not been without tragedy.

Ahead of Qatar 2022, Iran has come under pressure from Federation Internationale de Football Association to allow women to attend this round of World Cup qualifiers.

Speaking to the French news agency, several Iranians told the outlet that they supported the government's decision, with some remarking that they hope the clearance will lead to further freedoms for Iranian women.

In October, as many as 100 Iranian "handpicked" women entered Azadi for a friendly against Bolivia.