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Fifa will stand up for the right of women access to Iran football matches

Fifa will “stand firm” in certifying women have entrance to all football matches in Iran in spite of statements the world governing body could have stopped the death of an activist.
Women have efficiently been forbidden from stadiums when men are playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
But Fifa said it has been “guaranteed” by Iranian experts that women will be able to join matches.
More than 3,500 tickets have been sold to female followers for Iran’s World Cup finalist against Cambodia in Tehran on Thursday, although Amnesty International called that a “token number” and a “publicity stunt” given the stadium has a capability of 78,000.
The issue came to international celebrity after Sahar Khodayari, known as ‘blue girl’ because of the team she buoyed, set fire to herself outside court last month as she expected trial for trying to attend a match masked as a man.
The 29-year-old died a week late.
Fifa’s head of education and social accountability Joyce Cook told BBC Sport: “It’s not just about one match.
“We’re totally fixated on making sure women can join this match on 10 October and working just as pragmatically to ensure women also can attend local matches in league football – but it’s about what follows as well.
“Fifa has a very firm stand – followers are similarly allowed to attend matches.
“At times there are these lines in the sand instants, to set a new era. We suppose that the entree for women into matches is also going to ensue in the leagues as well. This is a moment for actual change.
“We are strong and dedicated that all followers have an equal right, counting women, to attend matches.”
Amnesty International’s Philip Luther said that only permitting 3,500 tickets to be sold to women for the World Cup qualifier was “a pessimistic publicity stunt by the establishments intended to wipe-out their image following the international clamor over Sahar Khodayari’s catastrophic death”.
“The international community, counting world football’s governing body Fifa, must also guarantee that women are allowed to join all matches freely and without judgment.”

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