Female football fans may return to Iran stadiums
Hurriyet Daily News / James M. Dorsey

Iranian women football fans have set their hopes on the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to return them to the terraces after having been banned for years from stadiums in an effort to prevent them from looking at men’s bodies.

The women expect the AFC’s insistence that Iran adhere to the Asian football body’s standards this fall when it hosts the AFC Under-16 Championship and grant them access to matches during the tournament. However, they would also really like to see that spark a permanent lifting of the ban, which was imposed after the Shah was overthrown in 1979.

“So far as the AFC is concerned, there should be no sex discrimination regarding the presence of men and women at stadiums,” AFC Director of National Team competition Shin Mangal was quoted as saying by the Shiite news agency Shafaqna.

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