Iranian women allowed to enter football stadium for first time in 40 years

Iran’s World Cup qualifier against Cambodia on Thursday will be a landmark moment for the country, as women will be able to officially enter a football stadium for the first time in decades.

The initial allocation of 3,500 tickets for female fans was quickly sold out — reportedly in under an hour — before an additional 1,100 were released for the match at the national Azadi Stadium.

“This is a hugely historic moment for Iranian football, but also for the Iranian women who have protested in the face of [the risk of] being caught and almost certainly sent to Evin Prison, the famous prison for political prisoners in Tehran,” football author and writer James Montague told CNN.

In full: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/09/football/iranian-women-world-cup-qualifier-cambodia-fifa-spt-intl/index.html

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