They needed to set apart from the guys, and the scene was virtually empty, but tens of thousands of displaced girls in merry jester hats and face paint blew horns and cheered Thursday in the very first FIFA football match they had been permitted to attend decades.
In what many considered a success in a decades-long struggle by women in Iran to attend sporting events, they wrapped themselves from the nation’s vivid red, white and green colors and watched with enthusiasm since Iran thrashed Cambodia 14-0 at a 2022 World Cup qualifier in Tehran’s Azadi, or Freedom, Stadium.
“We’re so glad that finally, we have the opportunity to visit the stadium. “At least for me, 22 or 23 decades of longing and sorrow lies behind this”
As one girl shouted out of a passing minibus ahead of the game: “We’re here “
Thus far, Iran’s hard-line Islamic theocracy isn’t inclined to go as far as some girls want. Authorities declared they will allow girls to attend just global football matches.
Women are banned from several sporting events in Iran since 1981, throughout the first years of the nation’s Islamic Revolution. Iran is the world’s past state to bar women from football matches. Saudi Arabia recently started letting girls see matches.
Under stress in FIFA, Iran allows a carefully controlled variety of girls into the arena, allocating them 4,000 tickets at a place that seats roughly 80,000 individuals and ordered 150 female safety personnel in black chadors to see them. They sat at 200 meters (yards) in the few million men in the game.
Iranian state television, that has been commanded by hard-liners, aired footage of girls cheering, and commentators even confessed their existence.
“History teaches us that advancement comes in phases, and it is only the start of a journey”
Iran faced a possible ban from FIFA global matches if it did not let women into the match. The strain from FIFA and Iran’s soccer-loving population has increased as September when an Iranian woman arrested for dressing as a guy to sneak to a game put herself on fire and died upon learning that she can get six months in prison.
The author wrote on Twitter the girl slipped away from officers and ran off.
Hard-liners and conventional Shiite clerics, mentioning their interpretation of Islamic law, consider in segregating women and men on public occasions, in addition to keeping women from men’s sporting events.
In 2006, then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that he wanted girls to attend games to”enhance soccer-watching ways and encourage a wholesome atmosphere.”
Then, this past year, Iranian police let a select group of girls to Azadi Stadium by invitation just to see the Asian Champion League final.
Infantino explained that”FIFA now appears greater than before a long time when ALL women and girls wishing to attend soccer games in Iran will be free to do so, and at a secure environment.”
Activist groups out of Iran remain leery of Tehran.
Amnesty International called the most recent decision”a cynical publicity stunt from the government meant to whitewash their picture.”
“Rather than accepting half-hearted actions to deal with their discriminatory treatment of girls who wish to watch soccer, the Iranian government should lift all limitations on women attending soccer games, such as national league matches, across the nation,” explained Philip Luther, Amnesty’s Middle East and North Africa study and advocacy manager.
However, many in Iran adopted the movement, such as shopkeeper Amir Ali Bagheri, who offered Pashaei that a Team Melli jersey before this game.
Girls”are so enthusiastic they’re going into the scene,” he explained. “God willing, there’ll be liberty sooner so they can attend matches, not only the national team suits. This is going to be far better.”
Following the game, Pashaei stated she expected police would open more games to girls so that she could attend along together with her loved ones.
“The’Blue Girl’ along with her tales did help. Attempts by women activists and feminists were quite powerful,” she explained. “We’re happy anyhow and expect this will last, not in national team suits “