A young woman dressed in men’s clothing was arrested by security forces in Tehran's Azadi Stadium during a football match between Esteghlal and Al-Ein teams.
Access to football stadiums has been forbidden for women since the Islamic revolution in 1979, on the official basis that the ruling protects them from obscene behavior among male fans.
Young women have been caught and arrested on numerous occasions before for attempting to enter the stadiums disguised in men's outfit.
Women have been unable to purchase tickets to volleyball matches in Iran since 2012. In June 2014, law student Ghoncheh Ghavami and several other women were arrested when they attempted to attend a Volleyball World League match at Azadi Stadium.
In February 2016, the FIVB assured Human Rights Watch and the Iranian public that the Kish Island Open, Iran’s first beach volleyball tournament, would “be open to fans from all age groups and genders.”
However, Iranian women who spoke to Human Rights Watch, domestic news reports, and Twitter posts showed women who attempted to attend the tournament were told entry was “forbidden” and were turned away based on their gender.