Women in Iran will be allowed to attend men's soccer matches beginning with a World Cup qualifier next month, FIFA announced.
This is the coronation after a long battle which had a remarquable victim: a woman activist, Ms. Sahar Khodayari, dubbed the "Blue Girl" on social media,who appeared in a Tehran court last week because she attempted to enter a stadium "dressed as a man" in March, poured gasoline over herself and set herself on fire, being pronounced dead on September 9. Iran's ban on women attending sports stadiums was put in place shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. In June, FIFA sent a letter to the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI), requesting a timeline that would allow women to be able to buy tickets for World Cup qualifiers.
Speaking at a FIFA conference on women's football in Milan Sunday, Infantino said he had been "assured" that women will be allowed to attend Iran's next match against Cambodia. "There is women's football in Iran. We need to have women attending the men's game," Infantino said. "And we need to push for that, with respect but in a strong and forceful way. We cannot wait anymore," he also declared.