[A report about Iranian women being banned from entering the stadiums to watch men’s sports. Recently tickets were sold to women for Iran-Syria match but was later announced as ‘by mistake’.]
The reporter explains the situation: The news of women purchasing tickets for Iran-Syria football match, their words when their presence in Azadi Stadium was once again rejected, and images of tickets in their hands were published on the Internet. Manizheh wrote about her right from which she was deprived, saying that she would never lose hope. Banafsheh published an image of her ticket with seat number in her twitter, writing, ‘if a man sits on it, he should know it is mine.’
The reporter continues: For Niloofar, going to the stadium is just a sweet dream. She has written, ‘you have to be a woman to know how good it feels to buy tickets.’ As for selling tickets to women, the ticket website announced this was by mistake, and the tickets’ money would be reimbursed. In response to whether women going to stadiums has become a public demand, Tara, an Iranian citizen, said:
–It has reached the level of becoming a public demand. I see many people who are not necessarily civil activists or women’s activists, but they really like to enter stadiums, because of they just like football or other sports.
The reporter says: I asked Tara if as a citizen, she expects men to stay behind the stadiums’ gates so that stadiums are left empty.
–I think as for national football team’s matches in Azadi Stadium against other countries’ teams, the stadium should be full. But as for Iranian league’s matches or volleyball league’s matches, which are not as sensitive, it is possible to boycott these matches to resolve this issue. This is a very strange discrimination.
Reporter concludes: Once again, women’s going to stadiums was banned without any written law and with many unanswered questions. Women who were along men during election days and their cheerful voices and presences were not banned are now behind the closed gates of stadiums, but this time with tickets in their hands.
Azadeh Assadi – Iran International