FIFA says Iran will open stadiums for women

According to Gianni Infantino, the boss of world football, "women will be allowed to enter the stadiums from the next international match" between Iran and Cambodia in October.

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After the death in mid-September of an Iranian supporter who set herself on fire after being arrested for trying to enter a stadium, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said "Insured" by Iran that supporters will be able to attend, in October, a qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup between Iran and Cambodia.

"We were assured that from the next international match in Iran, women will be allowed to enter the football stadiums"said Infantino Sunday at a conference. "We must have women present (at the stadium), we must press for it with respect, but in a strong and energetic way. We can not wait anymore », he added.

The Iranian judiciary announced last week that it was going to investigate the death of Sahar Khodayari, who had stirred up a stir on social networks: calls from celebrities, footballers or activists were launched at FIFA to ban Iran's international competitions and fans to boycott matches.

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Delegation received in Iran

A FIFA delegation, along with representatives of the Asian Football Confederation, visited Iran late last week. She met with officials from the government and the Iranian Federation about the presence of women in the stadiums. The Iranian sports ministry announced at the end of August that female supporters would be allowed to attend the match.

Iranian women have been banned from stadiums since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, with religious leaders arguing that they must be protected from "The masculine atmosphere" and some "View of half-undressed men". While a small number of women have been able to attend international matches in recent years, others have been prosecuted for entering a stadium outside of these occasions.

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