Armed with a flag and a horn, Niloufar* is about to do one thing she has by no means completed.
Come Thursday afternoon, the 36-year-old translator can be setting foot on Tehran’s Azadi Stadium – however she is not going to be there for the soccer. As a substitute, her purpose is to assert a “easy and fundamental proper” as for the primary time for the reason that institution of the Islamic republic in 1979, Iranian authorities have allowed ladies to purchase tickets to attend a males’s soccer match.
“I am unable to deny how completely satisfied I’m to lastly have the ability to go to the stadium, and I do know I can be very emotional as soon as there,” she stated.
“It feels nice to take again what’s yours.”
Together with Niloufar, segregated from a often loud male crowd that has lengthy monopolised the 79-000-capacity venue, greater than 3,000 different ladies can be cheering on because the Iranian nationwide staff takes on Cambodia for a World Cup qualifier.
The primary 850 tickets allotted to ladies have been offered out in “a couple of minutes”, main the Iranian soccer authorities final week to place extra on sale.
Strain on Iran to permit ladies to attend males’s soccer matches elevated final month following the dying of Sahar Khodayari, which sparked widespread outrage. The 29-year-old, dubbed “Blue Woman” on-line as a result of color of her staff’s jersey, died of her wounds after setting herself on fireplace outdoors a Tehran court docket upon studying she might be imprisoned for trying to sneak right into a stadium disguised as a person.
Whereas it has by no means…