A group have 35 women have been detained in Iran after attempting to attend a football match.
With FIFA president Gianni Infantino in the stands, the women tried to gain entry to the encounter between Tehran clubs Esteqlal and Persepolis.
But women have been banned from watching football in Iran since 1979, and as a consequence, they were temporarily held by police before being released after the match.
Before the 1979 revolution #Iranian women not only were allowed to watch football being played in their stadiums, they played in them. Taj was the first club that trained female players in #Iran in 1970. This is a photo of Australia’s national team with Iran’s. #زنان_در_آزادی pic.twitter.com/6NMPM2b79v
— Samira Mohyeddin سمیرا (@SMohyeddin) March 1, 2018
Infantino is in the midst of a two-day visit to Iran to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the country’s football federation.
His visit has seen the OpenStadiums group – a protest movement of Iranian women looking to end the ban – calling him to act.
In an open letter to Infantino, the group said: “On behalf of all Iranian women that love football and merely want to attend matches to support their teams of choice, we urge you to take the necessary disciplinary action against the Iranian Federation to protect our rights.”
All the girls in Vozara detention got released, youngest one was 13 yo,
Several activists, university students, a mother
They got arrested on street near Azadi stadium,
some of the girls in boy clothing who got caught up when they were passing body searching gate.
— OpenStadiums (@openStadiums) March 1, 2018