Women will be allowed to enter football stadiums soon – Iranian officials assure FIFA
Iran has assured Football’s governing body FIFA that the 40-year ban which prevents women from entering stadiums will be lifted.
This lifting of the ban takes effect next month when a World Cup qualifying game will be played.
The game will be between Iran and Cambodia and will be played on October 10 at the 78,000-capacity Azadi Stadium.
The 40-year old law is seen by FIFA as breaching international soccer statutes against discrimination.
In a conference yesterday, FIFA President Gianni Infantino revealed that Iranian officials has assured that “women will be allowed to enter football stadiums,” according to the BBC.
“This is something very important — in 40 years this has not happened, with a couple of exceptions.”
This is coming months after 29-year old activist, Sahar Khodayari set ehrself ablaze outside a court.
She was arrested and detained to face six months in prison for dressing as a man to attend a game in a stadium.
“There is women’s football in Iran but we need Iranian women as well to be able to attend the men’s game,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.
“And we need to push for that with respect but in a strong and forceful way. We cannot wait anymore.
“We have been assured, that as of the next international game of Iran, women will be allowed to enter football stadiums. This is something very important, it is 40 years that this has not happened, with a couple of exceptions, but it is important to move to the next level and to the next stage.”