FIFA president Gianni Infantino says that ban on women attending the soccer matches in Iran is “unacceptable” and must be lifted. After the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran’s ban on women attending the sports stadiums was put in place and the Amnesty and Human Rights Watch have both called on football’s world governing body, “FIFA” to end the ban.
Head of football’s world governing body, FIFA said in a statement that its position is clear and firm on the matter, and that women of Iran have to be allowed into football stadiums in the country.
About that matter, the CNN has reached out to Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) and the Iranian government for comment.
After the death of Sahar Khodayari, a female fan, who set herself on fire, after she was denied access to a soccer stadium in Tehran, Infantino’s call comes shortly.
“I am hopeful that the Iranian Federation and the Iranian authorities were receptive to our repeated calls to address this unacceptable situation,” Infantino said in a statement.
“I contacted them several times in the recent past and so has the FIFA administration. We have a delegation of FIFA members in Iran at the moment and I am looking forward to hearing good news from them.
“We understand there are steps and processes that need to be taken before this is done in a proper and safe way but now is the moment to change things and FIFA is expecting positive developments starting in the next Iran home match in October.”
For investigation of the Khodayari’s death, the Iran’s Judiciary has been asked, the circumstances surrounding the country’s semi-official Fars News agency reported last week. It was said by the news agency that her father had claimed that Khodayari also suffered from mental illness and had stopped treatment against her doctor’s repeated warnings.