Iranian women allowed to watch landmark moment as Iran qualifies for World Cup
It’s unclear, though, exactly how many women were ultimately present in the stadium on Thursday.
Mahya added that there was “nothing strange or complicated” about a woman going to the stadium.
“It should have happened earlier but I am very happy and I hope that this will continue,” she said.
Another female supporter, 24-year-old Golnaz Bahari, told AFP: “I wished to have my husband beside me but they said men and women are segregated.”
“It will be a lot better if families can come together,” added Bahari.
On the pitch, Iran became the first Asian nation to book its place in Qatar with a 1-0 victory over Iraq.
Porto striker Medhi Taremi scored the decisive goal after 48 minutes to send the country through to its sixth World Cup finals, and third in a row.
Iran next face the United Arab Emirates in a 2022 World Cup qualifying match also taking place at the Azadi Stadium on Tuesday, February 1.
It’s unclear, though, whether female spectators will be permitted to attend.
Iran’s ban on women attending sports stadiums is not written into law but was put in place shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
A month later, women were lawfully able to attend the 2022 World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Cambodia at the Azadi Stadium.
Those inside the stadium were treated to a goal fest with Iran winning 14-0.
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