Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Iranian women allowed to watch live football match

Iranian women allowed to watch live football match

Ladies had been fast to get their palms on tickets to attend Iran's 2022 World Cup qualifier in opposition to Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Thursday.

The first batch supplied out in under an hour, and additional seats had been furthermore snapped up in transient impart, enlighten media acknowledged.

Turkey's Mehmet Topal, left, fights for the ball with Iran's Ehsan Hajsafi, right, during a friendly soccer match between Turkey and Iran, in Istanbul, May 28, 2018.

A sports ministry edifying acknowledged the 100,000-skill stadium - whose name design "Freedom" in Farsi - used to be ready to host even extra females.

One of the 3,500 women to have secured a ticket was Raha Poorbakhsh, a soccer journalist.

"I tranquil cannot have right here's going to happen because after all these years of working in this field, staring at every thing on television, now I'm in a position to ride every thing in particular person", she informed AFP. She hopes one day to see women fill the stadium, but says, "several generations [may] have to pass or be lost in order for things to happen".

Women were permitted to buy about 3,500 tickets to watch a World Cup qualifier between the men's teams of Iran and Cambodia.

What is also unclear is how many tickets have been handed out to women who have been handpicked by the authorities.

These fortunate sufficient to attend shall be segregated from males and watched over by 150 feminine cops, based on Fars information company.

However he stated "they will regret it" if they're uncovered to "really bad swear words" and "bad behaviour". Amnesty International criticized Iran's authorities for allotting so few tickets to women in a stadium that can seat 78,000.

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Federation Internationale de Football Association had piled fresh pressure on the nation to start allowing women into matches after Sahar Khodayari, 30, set herself on fire last month after facing charges for attempting to enter a stadium.

The ban caught the world's attention last month after Sahar Khodayari, a 29-year-old activist dubbed the "Blue Girl", self-immolated for fear of being sentenced for dressing up as a man to enter a soccer stadium in Tehran.

Her death sparked an outcry, with many calling for Iran to be banned and matches boycotted.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili on the time dismissed experiences she had been advised she could be jailed for six months as "fabricated rumours and hearsay".

Forward of Qatar 2022, Iran has come beneath strain from Federation Internationale de Football Association to permit ladies to attend this spherical of World Cup qualifiers.

The reformist camp has welcomed the decision to allow women into Thursday's match, while conservatives have argued that football is not a priority for women. She was being charged with being dressed as a man to watch a soccer game.

"Anything short of a full reversal of the ban on women accessing all football stadiums is an insult to Sahar Khodayari's memory and an affront to the rights of all the women of Iran who have been courageously campaigning for the ban to be lifted".

"The women's visit to the stadium is the first success of their resistance to discrimination", tweeted Iranian politician Shahrbanoo Amani.

About 20 Irish females attended a World Cup qualifier in 2001, and four years later about a dozen Iranian females had been allowed to explore the national "Group Melli" purchase on Bahrain.

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