While Iranian female fans were barred, Syrian women filled Azadi Stadium

A supporter of Syria's national team attends the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Syria and Iran at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on September 5, 2017. (AFP)

Pictures of Syrian women supporting their football team against Iran last Tuesday have gained attention as Tehran showed its hypocrisy after banning Iranian female fans from entering Azadi Stadium during the same match.

Iranian women have continuously been banned from attending public football matches in past and thing have not changed for them after being barred from the World Cup qualifier match last Tuesday.

The snub has raised even further media controversy against the Iranian government's decision that began with activists taking to social media to voice their anger against government officials.

During the broadcast, Iranian state television avoided showing the Syrian women at Azadi stadium but before the end of the match Facebook and Instagram were filled with pictures of the female fans alongside with other Syrians who came to support their team in Tehran.

The Islamic Republic has banned women from entering sports stadiums after 1979 revolution, despite the persistent demands of human rights activists, international and local organizations and warnings from international sports federations, including football and volleyball.

Some reformist websites have reported that a large number of Iranian women remained behind the gates of Azadi Stadium after being prevented by the Iranian official from even though they bought the tickets online.

Iranian security officials previously arrested Iranian women during local and international matches, especially in the famous Azadi stadium in Tehran after they were disguised in men's outfit.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:55 - GMT 06:55
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