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FIFA Orders Iran to Allow Women Free Access to Football Stadiums

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Paris: In the wake of the ‘Blue girl’ incident where a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a football stadium a FIFA delegation has demanded Iran allow women free unlimited access to stadiums.FIFA travelled to Iran ahead of the weekend for talks on the matter of women and football and released a statement Sunday. “FIFA has reiterated its firm and clear position that women need to be allowed to enter football matches freely and that the number of women who attend the stadiums be determined by the demand, resulting in ticket sales,” it said.The Islamic republic has barred female spectators from football and other stadiums since 1981, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men.Sahar Khodayari, dubbed “blue girl” because of the colours of the team she supported, Esteghlal FC, was reportedly detained last year when trying to enter a stadium dressed as a man to watch them.She died of her injuries in a Tehran hospital after setting herself on fire outside a court in early September.The death of Khodayari sparked an outcry online, with many calling on world football’s governing body FIFA to ban Iran from international competitions and for fans to boycott matches. blue girlFIFAFootball stadiumiran First Published: September 22, 2019, 3:39 PM ISTlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Vidarbha reach late for semi-final vs Karnataka at Eden Gardens

first_imgVidarbha’s Ranji Trophy semi-final clash against Karnataka started on a tricky note as they couldn’t reach the venue of the match in time. The start of the match at the Eden Gardens was delayed by half-an-hour on Sunday as the team reached the venue late because of the 25K Kolkata marathon.The Vidarbha team, who are playing in their first Ranji semi-final, was stuck in a traffic jam for a long time in and around the Eden Gardens area and reached the stadium around 8:40 AM. The race kicked off early morning from the High Court grounds and was to pass by the Eden Gardens.The semi-final was supposed to start at 9 AM but could only start at 9:30 AM, half-an-hour late due to the delay.Vidarbha won the toss and elected to bat on a greenish Eden track.last_img