Published: Sat, March 03, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

FIFA told by Iran eventually women will be allowed at games

FIFA told by Iran eventually women will be allowed at games

Also at the meeting, the President of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino expressed satisfaction over meeting with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and said, "Football has an important social role worldwide, and the Iranian people are truly among the most passionate fans of football in the world". Two women, one carrying a Persepolis flag, were arrested by officers as they tried to enter the Azadi Stadium to watch the game, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Iran has barred women from attending football games since the Iranian Revolution in 1979.

The FIFA President invited the Iranian Sports Minister and the President, Hassan Rouhani, to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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Infantino is in the midst of a two-day visit to Iran to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the country's football federation.

Infantino also described the Iran national football team (also known as Team Melli) as powerful and said, "The people of Iran, like any other nation, have the right to cheer their team at their stadium, and we, as the global federation of football, will try to defend this right". "We will see but I hope this experience which I made only yesterday afternoon can maybe help many, many women around the world". Article Four prohibits "discrimination of any kind against a. gender". Earlier today, Infantino gave a press conference in which he spoke about keeping football free of politics. "He just told me, 'You know in countries like ours, sometimes these things take a little bit of time'".

The Islamic Republic has long barred women from attending male soccer matches, based at least partly on the theory that women should not hear male fans swear and curse.

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Another user said it was a "basic right" for women to enter stadiums with men, and said this match was "the best chance to break the 35-year-old taboo". Blatter said he was given the impression in 2013 by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that the "intolerable situation could change over the medium term".

"The Fifa president will be in the stadium tomorrow (1 March)", she wrote.

But women have been banned from watching football in Iran since 1979, and as a outcome, they were temporarily held by police before being released after the match.

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