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Iranian women fans are free to enter a football stadium Thursday for the first time in decades, after FIFA threatened to suspend the Islamic republic over its controversial male-only policy.
Iran has "guaranteed" that 3,500 female football fans will be allowed in the stands for the Iran-Cambodia 2022 football World Cup qualifier on October 10, the official news agency IRNA reported Friday.
After the tragedy that happened in Iran, where a woman was condemned for attending a match and later committed suicide, the Government has taken action and wants to reduce discrimination. As such, women will now be allowed access to the Azadi Stadium
Hong Kong fans booed their own national anthem and sang in protest against Beijing's rule as months of political unrest spilled onto the football pitch in a 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Iran on Tuesday.
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has put pressure on Iran in an attempt to ensure that the country will allow female football fans to attend matches in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, according to a letter sent to the Iranian Football Federation and seen by AFP.
After seeing his side beaten 3-0 by Japan in Monday's Asian Cup semi-final, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz announced his departure.
Iran goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand had flashbacks of facing Cristiano Ronaldo before saving an early penalty to keep his team's Asian Cup challenge alive.
Iran coach Carlos Queiroz said Friday that he was "honoured" to be courted by Colombia, who want the former Real Madrid boss to join them after the Asian Cup.