Iran to likely let women attend football World Cup qualifier

Iranian women are not allowed to enter stadiums since 1981, due to the security policies that underline female protection from the masculine atmosphere.

Iran (IMNA) - "Women are allowed to enter stadiums to watch all national games," Iran's cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted as saying Wednesday by ISNA news agency. "The conditions are being prepared for the presence of women in league competitions," he continued.

Sahar Khodayari's death sparked outrage on social media, with many football players and activists using the hashtag #blue_girl to express their sympathy.

Departed Sahar, dubbed "blue girl", was a female Iranian football fan of Esteghlal who set herself ablaze after mistakenly being told that she will received a six-month prison sentence due to entering the Azadi stadium illegally.

It has been said that no sentence was issued against her as there had been no trial and the judge was also on leave.

"My daughter was dealing with a neurological disorder and that day she lost her temper, then insulted and fought with the law enforcement officers," her father Heidar Ali Khodayari said, quoted by Mehr news agency.

Iran has come under pressure from The International Football Federation (FIFA) that it may face penalties in case it fails to allow women to attend stadiums.

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