Women have been given the freedom in Iran to watch and enter sports stadiums after decades due to the ban posed on them during the 1979 Iranian revolution.
After almost 40 years, women will have an opportunity to enter the stadium tomorrow as Iran will be hosting Cambodia in World Cup 2022 qualifiers at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium.
The clerics that really pushed for this ban argued that women must be shielded from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clothed men.
However,this ban brought about a protest by the female fans after 35 women sneaked into the stadium for a match were detained by the Iran authorities. World’s football governing body, Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) also became more furious of this ban when a football fan died after setting herself ablaze in fear of being arrested for dressing like a boy to watch a match of her favorite team.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who was present at the match, told reporters that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani had promised that women in Iran will have access to football stadiums soon.
The outcry of the Iran football and sports female fans has been heard after FIFA ordered the Iran government to allow women access to stadiums without restrictions and in numbers determined by demand for tickets.
Among the 3,500 women who have already purchased the tickets is a female football journalist, Raha Poorbakhsh. She has expressed so much gratitude to the football association.
‘I still can’t believe this is going to happen because after all these years of working in this field, watching everything on television, now I can experience everything in person.’ She said
However the ladies who would be lucky to attend will be separated from men and watched over by 150 female police officers.
The move has been accepted even by the male football fans with most of them agreeing that the presence of women would improve the atmosphere in stadiums.
The ban on women in stadiums is not jolted into the constitution or regulations but it has been strictly adhered to by the Iran citizens.