Soccer. In Iran, women again banned from entering a stadium

Iran again on Wednesday denied women entry to a football stadium to watch the match between their country’s national teams and Lebanon, at Imam Reza Stadium in the northeastern city of Mashhad. of the country, Iranian media reported.

2,000 women banned

“Around 2,000 Iranian women, who had purchased tickets (out of 12,500 sold) for the Iran-Lebanon match, were present within the perimeter of the Imam Reza stadium, but were unable to enter the stadium”said the ISNA news agency.

“I apologize that many people could not enter the stadium and watch the football match between the national teams of Iran and Lebanon”Mohsen Davari, governor of Mashhad, told Iranian state television IRIB.

“Unfortunately, it was not possible for a large number of people outside to enter the stadium”he added.

Iranian women were allowed to attend a national team football match in January for the first time in nearly three years during the World Cup qualifiers between Iran and Iraq.

FIFA Pressure

For 40 years, the Islamic republic has generally prohibited female spectators from attending football matches. The clerics, who play a major role in decision-making, argue that women should be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and from the sight of men in sportswear, and whose bodies are therefore partially visible.

World football governing body Fifa ordered Iran in September 2019 to allow women’s access to stadiums without restriction.

Fifa’s 2019 directive, which threatens Iran with suspension, came after a fan died after setting herself on fire for fear of being imprisoned for trying to attend a match. In 2018, she quit trying to enter a stadium dressed as a boy.

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His death sparked an outcry and many called for Iran to be banned from competition.

Soccer. In Iran, women again banned from entering a stadium

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