Iran allows female fans for football match for the first time in 2 years

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Iran allows female fans for football match for the first time in 2 years

FILE – Iranian women cheer during the friendly football match between Iran and Bolivia at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on October 16, 2018. (Photo by STR/AFP)

Iranian women will be allowed to enter a stadium in Tehran for the first time in two years to support the national team in a 2022 World Cup qualifier against South Korea.

“Women’s presence is allowed for the game between Iran and South Korea’s national football teams” at the capital’s Azadi stadium on Oct. 12, the state television-linked Young Journalists Club said.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a year-long ban is in effect for all fans entering stadiums in Iran.

But the last time women could watch a match at the 80,000-seat Azadi Stadium was in October 2019, when Iran defeated Cambodia 14-0.

Women were banned from stadiums after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, officially to protect them from inappropriate male behavior.

The governing body of world football, FIFA, has put pressure on Iran to allow women into international competitions.

But Iran has only allowed a limited turnout, capped at 1,000 female supporters in 2018, although 3,500 women were able to watch the match in Cambodia.

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