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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Veteran striker Yang Xu scores four goals as China crush Guam; Australia thrash Nepal
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FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers: Veteran striker Yang Xu scores four goals as China crush Guam; Australia thrash Nepal

Veteran striker Yang Xu scored four goals in 25 minutes during China's 7-0 blitz of Guam while Australia easily defeated a struggling Nepal in Thursday's World Cup Asian zone qualifiers.

FIFA delegation visits Iran to discuss allowing country's female spectators into football matches
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FIFA delegation visits Iran to discuss allowing country's female spectators into football matches

A FIFA delegation visited Tehran on Friday to discuss allowing female spectators into football matches, the official news agency IRNA reported, days after a public row over a female fan who killed herself.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopeful Iran will lift stadium ban on women football fans
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino hopeful Iran will lift stadium ban on women football fans

Attention on the stadium ban in Iran intensified when a 29-year-old activist, Sahar Khodayari, died this month after setting herself on fire. She had been detained for dressing as a man to enter a football stadium.

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: Football's governing body speaks out against removal of Iranian gender activists from stadiums
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FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019: Football's governing body speaks out against removal of Iranian gender activists from stadiums

It was wrong to remove people campaigning for women to be allowed into Iran's football stadiums from a Women's World Cup game in France, FIFA said on Tuesday

Iran's Azadi stadium to host women's national football team for first time since Islamic revolution
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Iran's Azadi stadium to host women's national football team for first time since Islamic revolution

Women were barred from attending matches in Iran after the 1979 Islamic revolution, with clerics arguing they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere and sight of semi-clad men