Iran Football team qualified for the World Cup showpiece to start in Russia next year and everyone in Iran we’re delighted by this feat achieved by the team but something deteriorating happened last night as the Women from the country were not allowed to go into the Stadium to watch the match despite holding tickets.
Women are banned from attending men’s football matches in Iran but several women had been able to buy tickets online a week earlier.
It seemed the ban been lifted on Saturday, when an option for women’s tickets appeared on the ticketing website.
But Iran’s football federation later said the tickets were sold by mistake and promised to refund the women who had bought them.
Some of those with tickets still decided to go to the stadium of Tuesday, curious to see whether they could somehow get in. “They did not let us in the stadium, took pictures and videos of us and threatened to arrest us,” a fan said on twitter.
Parvaneh Salahshuri, a female MP, told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA) earlier today that the ministry of sports had given her and some other women MPs permission to attend the match.
But she said she had turned down the offer due to the “selective approach” taken by the authorities.