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Sport Women prepare to enter a football stadium in Iran freely for the first time - with tickets selling out within MINUTES after FIFA ordered Tehran to end female ban

13:15  09 october  2019
13:15  09 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Iran lifts 40-year ban on women entering football stadiums

  Iran lifts 40-year ban on women entering football stadiums Iranian women will be allowed to enter a football stadium this week for the first time in nearly 40 years after pressure from soccer’s governing body FIFA forced Iran to lift its male-only policy, according to FIFA and state-run media.FIFA ordered Iran to end its ban on letting women enter stadiums during an inspection visit last month. The organization said the ban breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination.

time - with tickets selling out within MINUTES after FIFA ordered Tehran to end female ban . Women were quick to get their hands on tickets to attend Iran 's 2022 World Cup qualifier against The first batch sold out in less than an hour, and additional seats were also snapped up in short

Iranian women will be able to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after Fifa threatened to suspend the Islamic republic The first batch sold out in under an hour, and additional seats were also snapped up in short order , state media said. A sports ministry official said

  Women prepare to enter a football stadium in Iran freely for the first time - with tickets selling out within MINUTES after FIFA ordered Tehran to end female ban © Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

Tehran has lifted a ban on female supporters attending football matches and thousands of Iranian women snapped up all the tickets in less than an hour.

The change in ruling comes after FIFA demanded women be able to attend football matches or for Iran to face suspension from the association. 

The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.

a person holding a sign: Tehran has lifted a ban on female supporters attending football matches after pressure from FIFA. Iranian sports journalist Raha Pourbakhsh shows purchased electronic tickets for the Iran - Cambodia World Cup 2022 qualifier match during an interview in front of Azadi stadium in the Tehran on Wednesday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Tehran has lifted a ban on female supporters attending football matches after pressure from FIFA. Iranian sports journalist Raha Pourbakhsh shows purchased electronic tickets for the Iran - Cambodia World Cup 2022 qualifier match during an interview in front of Azadi stadium in the Tehran on Wednesday World football's governing body FIFA ordered Iran last month to allow women access to stadiums without restriction and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.

Women prepare to enter a football stadium in Iran freely for the first time - with tickets selling out within MINUTES after FIFA ordered Tehran to end female ban

  Women prepare to enter a football stadium in Iran freely for the first time - with tickets selling out within MINUTES after FIFA ordered Tehran to end female ban Tehran has lifted a ban on female supporters attending football matches and thousands of Iranian women snapped up the 3,500 tickets that were available in less than an hour.The change in ruling comes after FIFA demanded women be able to attend football matches or for Iran to face suspension from the association.

World football 's governing body FIFA last month ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without restrictions The first batch sold out in under an hour, and additional seats AFP / ATTA KENARE Iranian women are set to freely enter a football stadium for the first time on October 10

Iranian women are set to freely enter a football stadium for the first time on October 10 as Iran hosts Cambodia in a World football 's governing body FIFA last month ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without restrictions The first batch sold out in under an hour, and additional

The directive came after a fan dubbed 'Blue Girl' died after setting herself on fire in fear of being jailed for dressing up as a boy to attend a match.

Women were quick to get their hands on tickets to attend Iran's 2022 World Cup qualifier against Cambodia at Tehran's Azadi Stadium on Thursday.

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The first batch sold out in less than an hour, and additional seats were also snapped up in short order, state media said.

The sports ministry said the 100,000-capacity stadium - whose name means 'Freedom' in Farsi - was ready to host even more women.

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

a group of people walking down the street: Iranian women walk in Sadeqyeh Square in the capital Tehran. After a decades long ban, football seats are finally being made open to Iranian women. The directive came after a fan dubbed 'Blue Girl' died after she set herself on fire in fear of being jailed for dressing up as a boy to attend a match © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Iranian women walk in Sadeqyeh Square in the capital Tehran. After a decades long ban, football seats are finally being made open to Iranian women. The directive came after a fan dubbed 'Blue Girl' died after she set herself on fire in fear of being jailed for dressing up as a boy to attend a match 'I still can't believe this is going to happen because after all these years of working in this field, watching everything on television, now I can experience everything in person,' she said. 

Iranian women watch football from the stands for first time in decades

  Iranian women watch football from the stands for first time in decades Thousands of Iranian women have been allowed to attend a football match in their country for the first time in decades. The World Cup qualifier against Cambodia was attended by women who had previously only been able to watch their team in person overseas or on television.The women were allocated only 4,000 tickets at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, which holds around 80,000 people.They sat at least 200 metres from the small crowd of men attending at the match, watched by 150 female security guards in black chadors.

TEHRAN : Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.

Tehran : Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they The first batch sold out in under an hour, and additional seats

But Poorbakhsh said she was aware of many other women without tickets and some were expected to travel from as far away as Ahvaz in southern Iran in the hope of still getting one.

There have been rare occasions in recent years when Iranian women have been allowed to watch matches, but this time they were free to buy their own tickets, albeit a set number.

a woman talking on a cell phone: Iranian sports journalist, Raha Pourbakhsh, can be seen in the process of booking tickets for the World Cup qualifier between Iran and Cambodia. It is estimated that 3,500 women booked tickets on Thursday with the seats selling out in under an hour © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Iranian sports journalist, Raha Pourbakhsh, can be seen in the process of booking tickets for the World Cup qualifier between Iran and Cambodia. It is estimated that 3,500 women booked tickets on Thursday with the seats selling out in under an hour Those lucky enough to attend will be segregated from men and watched over by 150 female police officers.

People on the streets of Tehran said they supported the decision to allow women into stadiums.

'I would like there to be freedom for women, like men, to go freely and even sit side by side without any restrictions, like other countries,' said a woman who gave her name only as Hasti.

Iran women attend FIFA soccer game for first time in decades

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Women in Iran will be able to attend football matches, starting with a Women have effectively been banned from stadiums where men are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution. "We have been assured that as of the next international game of Iran women will be allowed to enter football

Iran women to see football freely for first time in decades. Tehran (AFP) - Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA Iran has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums for around 40 years, with clerics arguing they

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Nader Fathi, who runs a clothing business, said the presence of women could improve the atmosphere in stadiums.

But he said 'they will regret it' if they are exposed to 'really bad swear words' and 'bad behaviour.'

The bumpy road Iranian women have travelled in order to gain free access to stadiums has not been without tragedy.

a group of people walking down the street: Women were previously banned from attending matches due to fears from clerics who said that they must be protected from the masculine world of football and it was not appropriate for them to see semi-clad men © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Women were previously banned from attending matches due to fears from clerics who said that they must be protected from the masculine world of football and it was not appropriate for them to see semi-clad men Sahar Khodayari died last month after setting herself ablaze outside a court in fear of being jailed for attending a match.

Dubbed 'blue girl' because of the colours of the club she supported - Tehran giants Esteghlal FC - she had reportedly been detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a boy.

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

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Iran women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades. Oct 09 2019. Tehran (AFP) - Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in World football ’s governing body FIFA last month ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without

Iran women allowed into football stadium for first time in decades. Oct 09 2019. Tehran (AFP) - Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in World football ’s governing body FIFA last month ordered Iran to allow women access to stadiums without

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The judiciary dismissed reports she had been told she would be jailed, and Khodayari's father said she did not 'sacrifice' herself for any cause. 

Ahead of Qatar 2022, FIFA has pressed Iran to allow women to attend qualifiers.

But Iran denied its decision to allow women into Thursday's match was a result of 'foreign pressure.'

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'The presence of #women in stadiums is due to the internal social demands and government's support of those demands,' government spokesman Ali Rabiei tweeted.

The ban on women in stadiums is not written into law or regulations, but it has been strictly enforced.

Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, women have only had rare access to stadiums in Iran.

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About 20 Irish women attended a World Cup qualifier in 2001, and four years later a few dozen Iranian women watched the national team take on Bahrain.

In October, as many as 100 'handpicked' Iranian women watched a friendly against Bolivia.

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Then authorities quietly lifted the ban on women entering soccer stadiums when they began selling tickets to the Oct. 10 match between Iran and But one organization that seems to have backed Iran into a corner, forcing Tehran to make a concession that until last week seemed unthinkable, is FIFA

A select number of women were allowed to enter the Azadi Stadium in Tehran to watch a friendly football match between Iran and Bolivia. Zeinab, who goes by the name Zeinab_perspolisi_ak8 on Instagram, was detained after she tried to attend a football match disguised as a man last September.

The day after, the prosecutor general warned there would be no repeat, saying it would 'lead to sin.'

Then in November, a select group of about 850 women attended a match between Esteghlal's Tehran rivals, Persepolis FC, and Japan's Kashima Antlers.

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The issue continues to be deeply divisive in Iran.

Reformists have welcomed the latest move, but conservatives have come out strongly against it.

The Donya-e-Eqtesad financial newspaper called it 'a step to weaken a taboo and also free Iran's football of the looming shadow of FIFA's punishment.'

But the ultra-conservative Kayhan daily said women were more concerned about economic issues. 

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