Iranian women will be allowed to enter a soccer stadium for the first time in about 40 years on Thursday, right before the FIFA World Cup qualifier match.
FIFA threatened to suspend Iran over its male-only policy and last month ordered Iran to allow women into stadiums without any restrictions. Journalist Raha Poorbakhsh told AFP, “I still can’t believe this is going to happen because after all these years of working in this field, watching everything on television, now I can experience everything in person.”
FIFA’s announcement came after a fan died after setting herself on fire in fear of going to jail for dressing like a man so she could attend a game. There are no laws banning women from stadiums in Iran, officials argue they should not attend due to the masculine atmosphere and sight of men in sports uniforms.