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Exclusive: FIFA officials to visit Iran after death of 'Blue Girl'

Exclusive: FIFA officials to visit Iran after death of 'Blue Girl'

11.9.2019

Exclusive: FIFA officials to visit Iran after death of 'Blue Girl'

FIFA officials will visit Iran , following the death of a female fan who set herself on fire in protest at her arrest for attending a match, world ...

Sahar Khodayari, dubbed 'Blue Girl' due to her favourite team Esteghlal’s colours, died at hospital on Monday after her self-immolation outside a court where she feared being jailed for six months having attended the match in disguise as a man.

While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men's teams have been playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has previously urged Iranian authorities to take"concrete steps" to allow Iranian and foreign women to buy tickets and attend games.

The death of Khodayari has caused widespread outrage in Iran and internationally and there have been calls on social media for Iran's football federation to be suspended or banned.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, FIFA expressed its condolences and said it reiterated"our calls on the Iranian authorities to ensure the freedom and safety of any women engaged in this legitimate fight to end the stadium ban for women in Iran."

He said the sports minister would contact leaders of supporter groups to"improve the atmosphere from a moral standpoint" and special areas for women would be set up in stadiums.

Iran's national team won a World Cup qualifier in Hong Kong 2-0 on Tuesday.

"Shame on me for not having been able to do anything and shame on those who took away the most obvious right from Sahar and all Sahars."

"Despite the incredible bravery of the female fans and the Open Stadiums organisation, and the male players who have spoken out in their favour, the game has not come to their aid.

Infantino was present at the Azadi Stadium when Persepolis played Japan's Kashima Antlers in front more than 1,000 female fans in a designated"family section".

Female fans, however, have been denied access to matches since. At Iran's friendly against Syria in June, women were locked out of the Azadi Stadium and detained by security forces.

Read more: CNA

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