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The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport -

re­fused to con­firm or deny pos­si­ble talks with the coun­try’s au­thor­i­ties.

Iran has barred fe­male spec­ta­tors from foot­ball and other sta­di­ums since 1981, with cler­ics ar­gu­ing they must be pro­tected from the mas­cu­line at­mos­phere and sight of semi­clad men.

Iran’s sports min­istry said in Au­gust that women fans would be al­lowed into the sta­dium when Team Melli -- as the

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