Iran release women trying to watch game

FIFA President, Infantino Wants Saudi-Iran Rift Out Of Football

Van Basten previously has called for the ban on Iranian women at football stadiums to be lifted.

Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino was in attendance at the Thursday game between Tehran teams Esteqlal and Persepolis, where the women were held, the BBC reported.

Infatinio participated at a joint news conference with Iranian sport minister Masoud Soltanifar, saying the diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran should not be allowed to get in the way of football.

These women's tickets, which has been sold the previous week, were issued by mistake according to Iran's football federation, who offered to refund the tickets.

The Iranian team, led by Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz, was put in Group B of the World Cup, along with Portugal, Spain and Morocco, and is scheduled to debut on June 15 against Morocco in St. Petersburg.

However, Infantino also added that he was reluctant to be heard as "criticizing anyone".

British news site Sky Sports News reported that Infantino also told the media that he wants to do something for Iranian women, especially because he has four daughters.

"Iran is a safe country and is ready to host regional and global sports and groups", said Rouhani, pointing out that regional federations should seek to bring nations closer together and increase friendships.

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Women's rights activists stated that the ban was an infringement of women's basic rights, mocked the hypocrisy of "naming a stadium freedom but banning half the population from entering", and said the protest was "the best chance to break the [39]-year-old taboo". "The solution is always just to play home and away like in every competition in every country", he said.

"As you are no doubt aware...women were prevented from attending this match for no reason other than their gender", the letter said.

Safai said the women detained at Azadi Stadium Thursday were trying to watch the match with their male family members, a right that women had before the Iranian Revolution. "Hence, my appeal to the Iranian authorities; open the nation's football stadiums to women". "I hope that Iranian men, as they have done before, will stand together with women to help them to get their rights back", she said.

There was only passing reference to women's soccer in the address in Tehran.

Iranian women have been allowed to attend some men's sporting events.

Syrian women were, however, provided with access to the venue to cheer for the their national team.

One female football fan tweeted: "They did not let us in the stadium, took pictures and videos of us and threatened to arrest us". They were seated in a separate section from the male fans.

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