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FIFA chief: Iran promises to let women access football stadiums 'soon'

FIFA chief: Iran promises to let women access football stadiums 'soon'

The head of football's world governing body, FIFA, said Iran has assured him that it will "soon" allow women to attend men’s football matches in the country, VOA reported on Saturday.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino was speaking at a FIFA equality conference in Zurich, a day after his attendance at a men-only football match in Tehran prompted criticism from rights activists.

 

Infantino, who also met with Iranian leaders including President Hassan Rouhani Thursday in the capital, said he was “promised” that Iranian women soon will have access to football stadiums. He did not specify who gave him that promise.

 

Iran has been barring women from attending some men’s sporting events, especially football, since the first few years after its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

 

Iranian state media said police detained 35 women as they tried to enter Tehran’s Azadi Stadium for Thursday’s match between rival local men’s clubs Esteghlal and Persepolis.

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