This week, Iranian news agencies confirmed that 2,000 women who purchased tickets for Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier against Lebanon in the northeastern city of Mashhad were unable to enter the stadium.
Outside of Iran, activists accused authorities of using pepper spray at close range to disperse women who then protested the ban outside the venue.
The United for Navid group of exiled Iranian athletes and activists, formed following the execution of wrestling champion Navid Afkari in September 2020, has called for Iran to be barred from international football until it changes its stance.
“We formally request that FIFA immediately suspend Iran and prohibit its participation in the World Cup 2022 as long as the Football Federation of Iran continues to violate the Olympic Charter and the International Olympic Committee.”
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