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Iran women watch soccer, a first in decades

Flag-draped Iranian women watched a FIFA soccer match from inside a Tehran stadium on Thursday, the first time they’ve been freely allowed into a stadium in decades.

The 2022 World Cup qualifier between Team Melli and Cambodia at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium marks a decades-long push by Iranian women to be able to watch matches, something hard-liners in Iran’s Shiite theocracy to this day still oppose.

Iran allocated only 4,000 tickets for women in a stadium that seats about 80,000 people, keeping them separated from men.

Source: thehindu.com

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