Iranian women, after much pressure from FIFA on Iran to ensure women are allowed to attend qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, reportedly giving it until Saturday to comply or else face consequences.
An official at the sports ministry said on Sunday that women would be able to watch Team Melli — as the national team is known — at their next home game in Tehran’s Azadi stadium.
“Women can go to the Azadi Stadium on October 10, 2019, to watch the match between the Iranian national team and Cambodia for the Qatar World Cup qualifier, said Jamshid Taghizadeh, the sports ministry’s deputy for legal and provincial affairs. “Our view on women, at all levels, is to prepare the necessary conditions for women’s success.
The authorities have allowed foreign women to go to matches in the country in the past.
And while a small number of Iranian women have attended select international matches on previous occasions, others have faced prosecution for entering stadiums at other times.
Four women were recently detained at Azadi stadium before being released.