Iranian women attend World Cup 2022 qualifier for the first time in decades

Iranian women were able to watch their national team in Tehran for the first time in 40 years amid calls for all restrictions to be lifted.

Iranian women attend World Cup 2022 qualifier for the first time in decades

Iranian women

Iran thrashed Cambodia 14-0 in a landmark World Cup qualifier that was played inside the Azadi Stadium and witnessed by 4,000 female spectators.

Iranian authorities were moved to allow a quota of tickets to be sold to women following the shocking death of Sahar Kho-da-yari, who became known as the “Blue Girl” for her love of the Iranian team.

Kho-da-yari set fire on herself last month after being summoned to face charges in connection with her attempt to enter a stadium.

Iranian women draped their national flag which signified a major milestone in the push away from Iran’s male-only policy at sporting events, following a 1981 ban that followed the country’s Islamic Revolution.

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