Plans to lift Iran’s ban on women

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - Sport - – Reuters

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.

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