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Reuters: Iran has pledged to FIFA to allow women to enter football fields

2019-12-20T17:19:17.622Z

Reuters quoted a "well-informed source" on Friday as saying that the Iranian Football Association has made a written commitment to FIFA, to allow Iranian women to attend domestic league matches.



Reuters quoted a "well-informed source" on Friday as saying that the Iranian Football Association has made a written commitment to FIFA, to allow Iranian women to attend domestic league matches.

For the first time in forty years, the authorities allowed the Iranians last October to enter a women's section inside the Azadi stadium to watch their national team play a match against Cambodia in the World Cup qualifiers in Tehran.

Women are prohibited from entering stadiums that have hosted men's soccer matches since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, with few exceptions to small groups on rare occasions.

FIFA sent a delegation to Tehran to monitor the women’s entry to the stadium and attend the match after the death of Sahar Khadayari last September after she set herself in protest at her arrest for trying to attend a match.

After women attended the Iran national team match last October, FIFA President Gianni Infantino urged the Iranian authorities to allow women to attend all matches, not just World Cup qualifiers.

"FIFA is now looking more than ever for a future in which all girls and women in Iran can attend football matches freely and in a safe environment," Infantino said at the time.

Source: aljazeera

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