Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Under the FIFA pressure, Iran allowed women to enter the stadium in October


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com

Under the FIFA pressure, women in Iran are preparing to attend the Azadi Stadium in Tehran for the first time to watch the match between Iran and Cambodia scheduled for October 10, in the second phase of the World Cup qualifiers.

Under the title of conditional attendance of women at Azadi Stadium, the reformist newspaper Arman Mele said that Azadi Stadium north of Tehran Under the FIFA pressure, will be open to women next October after rehabilitating the stadium’s infrastructure, including their seating in the stands and the way of entry and exit, tickets for them, which the newspaper considered a positive step.

In an interview with Hossein Mousavi Tabrizi, cleric and secretary-general of the Association of Clerics and Teachers in Qom, he stressed that there is no objection to women attending the stadiums if the government can secure their entry and exit routes at separate gates for men so as not to face harassment.

The newspaper revealed that in late July, the Iranian Football Association has tested the entry of women to the stadium, seating distance between the women and men.

It is noteworthy that the reformist newspaper confirmed, unlike the previous times when the office holders  selected women to enter the stadium, it appears that in conjunction with the opening of an electronic site to reserve tickets, will set quota dedicated to women, which gives them about 10% of the stands.

The decision to deny women the right to attend sports stadiums for the first time since the Iranian revolution of 1979, under the pretext of protecting them from the malevolent behavior of male fans. The law stipulates that women should not be allowed to play in stadiums for fear of mixing with men or women enter masquerades in men’s dress.

Gianni Infantino, president of the International Federation of Football (IFF), urged Iranian women to attend the games and sent a letter in June to the Iranian government saying: “It is disappointing that it was not possible to maintain the positive momentum similar progress has been made in allowing women to attend the Games”.

Sports critics weighs the decision of Iran to allow women to watch the matches a positive sign, whether the step taken Under the FIFA pressure or for the football lovers in the country.

Read also: Four countries to jointly bid 2030 FIFA World Cup

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