Iranian women attend first football match in 40 years

Iranian women attend first football match in 40 years

Iranian women watched the country’s national football team for the first time in 40 years, celebrating their long-awaited access to the national stadium.

About 3,500 women have attended the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match between Iran and Cambodia that took place yesterday in Tehran, the AFP agency reported.

Women have been banned from watching men’s games in Iran since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution with only a few exceptions made for small groups on rare occasions. But under pressure from world soccer’s governing body FIFA and women’s rights campaigners, Iranian authorities earmarked tickets for women to watch Thursday’s game.

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