Video shared by VOA’s Persian service shows police officers trying to detain women watching a soccer match, Thursday, October 10.
For the first time in 38 years, Iranian women Thursday were able to enter a stadium by buying their own tickets to watch a men’s soccer match between their national team and Cambodia.
Videos and photos published on social media by soccer fans show women are entering Tehran’s Azadi Stadium. Authorities designated a special section for women which is isolated by fences. Out of 36 sections of Azadi Stadium, only four were allocated to women.
After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979, Iran’s clerical rulers banned women from watching men’s sports in stadiums. After years of criticism and protests, the government in September finally relented to official demands from FIFA, soccer’s ruling body, which threatened to suspend Iran from international tournaments.