Plans to lift Iran’s ban on women
World football’s governing body Fifa said on Thursday it would work with Iran to end a long-running ban on women attending matches – but offered no insight on when to expect the breakthrough.
Fifa secretary-general Fatma Samoura made the announcement after she met Maryam Qashqaei Shojaei, a prominent Iranian campaigner who made headlines at the World Cup with her #NoBan4Women sign protesting against the menonly stadium rule.
“Held v. constructive talks this morning with advocates for #NoBan4Women,” Samoura said on Twitter.
Iran has long barred women from attending male soccer matches and other sports fixtures.
The Equality League, which campaigns against sexism in sport, used Twitter to call on Fifa for firm dates for a breakthrough.