“The presence of women has been allowed for the match between the national football teams of Iran and South Korea” at the Azadi Stadium in the capital on Tuesday, the Young Journalists Club affiliated with state television reported.
The Corona virus caused the Iranian public to be absent from football stadiums for a year, but the last time women were able to watch a match at Azadi Stadium, which can accommodate 80,000 spectators, was in October 2019 when Iran crushed its guest Cambodia 14-0 in the third group competitions. The second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 Asian Cup in China.
Women were prevented from entering stadiums after the Khomeinist revolution in Iran in 1979, in order to protect them from inappropriate male behavior, according to the official version.
And the International Football Association (FIFA) put pressure on Iran to allow women to be present in international matches.
But Iran only allowed a limited attendance of women and set a maximum of 1,000 fans in 2018, but the landslide victory over Cambodia on October 10, 2019 took place under the watchful eye of 3,500 fans.
Iran tops its first group in the decisive third round of qualifiers after winning its first two matches over Syria 1-0 and Iraq 3-0. It will meet its host, the UAE, in the third round scheduled for Thursday, before hosting South Korea, which ranks second with four points, on Tuesday.
The leaders and runners-up of each of the two groups qualify directly for the World Cup 2022 finals, while the two third-placed teams play a one-match playoff between them.
The winner of the play-off qualifies for a two-match continental playoff in order to reserve his place in the World Cup.