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Iranian women attend football match for first time in 38 years Updated: 2019-10-11 16:04:29 KST

Cheering in joy and blowing horns, flag-draped Iranian women headed to their first soccer match in 38 years.
The 2022 World Cup qualifier between Iran and Cambodia in Tehran on Thursday welcomed 35-hundred Iranian women.
Only 35-hundred tickets in the 80-thousand seat stadium were provided for women, and these sold out in less than one hour.
The women were seated behind a two meter-high metal fence and had to enter the stadium four hours early to keep them separate from the male supporters, but despite this, many were happy just to be there.

"This is an amazing feeling, for me at least 22 to 23 years of longing and regret lies behind this."

Iran has banned female fans from stadiums since 1981 under the country's strict Islamic laws and customs.
FIFA had demanded Iran allow women to stadiums after a fan set herself on fire and died while protesting against her arrest for attending a game.

"They (women) are so excited they are going to the stadium, God willing, there will be freedom sooner so that they can attend all matches, not just the national team matches. That will be much better."

FIFA said it would be working with the Iranian football federation to develop plans for women to attend domestic matches in the Iranian league.
KIM Da-mi, Arirang News.
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