FIFA considering delegation to ensure Iran allows women fans to stadium for World Cup qualifier in Tehran

FIFA is weighing sending a delegation to Tehran to make sure women fans are admitted to the World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Cambodia on 10 October.

Agence France-Presse September 27, 2019 10:46:15 IST
FIFA considering delegation to ensure Iran allows women fans to stadium for World Cup qualifier in Tehran
  • FIFA is weighing sending a delegation to Tehran to make sure women fans are admitted to the World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Cambodia on 10 October.

  • Former French World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff will be part of a delegation.

  • The presence of a delegation is important "to show that FIFA intervened there with conviction," said the former midfielder.

Zurich: FIFA is weighing sending a delegation to Tehran to make sure women fans are admitted to the World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Cambodia on 10 October.

FIFA considering delegation to ensure Iran allows women fans to stadium for World Cup qualifier in Tehran

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Former French World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff told AFP on Thursday that he would be part of a delegation.

"Iran is a hot topic and I am organising myself to be there on 10 October," Djorkaeff said.

It was his first interview since his appointment a week ago as Chief Executive Officer of the FIFA Foundation, whose objectives include making football more accessible to women in the Middle East.

The presence of a delegation is important "to show that FIFA intervened there with conviction," said the former midfielder.

On Sunday, Gianni Infantino, president of the governing body of world football, said he had been "assured" by Iran that women could attend the match.

There had been calls to ban Iran from international competitions following the death of a female fan, Sahar Khodayari, who set herself on fire following her arrest for trying to enter a stadium.

Iranian women have been banned from stadiums since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, with religious leaders arguing that they must be protected from the "male atmosphere" and the "sight of half-naked men".

While a small number of women have been allowed to attend international matches in recent years, others have been prosecuted for going to games in other competitions.

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