Iran will allow female fans to participate in a soccer match for the first time in 2 years

FILE – Iranian women cheer during the soccer friendly match between Iran and Bolivia at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on October 16, 2018 (Photo by STR / AFP).

Iranian women will be able to enter a stadium in Tehran for the first time in two years to support the national team in a 2022 World Cup qualifying match against South Korea.

“The presence of women has been authorized for the match between the soccer teams of Iran and South Korea” at the Azadi stadium in the capital on October 12, said the Young Journalists Club linked to state television.

A one-year ban has been imposed on all fans entering stadiums in Iran due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But the last time women were able to watch a match at the 80,000-seat Azadi Stadium was in October 2019, when Iran thrashed Cambodia 14-0.

Women were denied access to stadiums after Iran’s 1979 Islamic revolution, officially to protect them from inappropriate male behavior.

The governing body of world football, FIFA, has lobbied Iran to allow women to participate in international matches.

But Iran has only allowed limited attendance, capped at 1,000 female supporters in 2018, although 3,500 women were able to watch Cambodia’s game.

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