Eighteen Iranian women write to FIFA about a ban

Eighteen Iranian women write to FIFA about a ban
ID : N-2042 Date : 2018/06/23 - 14:54

(Persia Digest) – Following the news surrounding the ban on Iranian women attending stadiums, which also spilled over onto the 2018 World Cup, 18 Iranian women active in general and human rights have written a letter to FIFA asking for an end to the ban in Iran.

Excerpts from the letter reads: “FIFA has closed its eyes on the ban on Iranian women entering stadiums in their country for a long time now. This violates one of the fundamental principles of FIFA. Article four of the FIFA Articles of Association states that any discrimination of any kind is strictly prohibited and punishable with suspension or cancelation of membership.”

Persia Digest reported Gianni Infantino’s trip to Tehran and his meeting with the Iranian President, when he asked him to allow Iranian families to attend stadiums together.


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For the first time since the 1979 revolution, women were allowed to watch the Iran-Spain 2018 World Cup game broadcast on monitors at the Azadi Sports Complex alongside men on 21 June in Tehran.

However, the letter written by the 18 women to FIFA mentions that “there are no guarantees the ban has been lifted permanently, especially for live matches.”

In another part of the letter, they write: “Iranian culture is one of joy and celebrations. Even though people have serious financial and political difficulties, they still manage to celebrate wins by their Team Melli and join in the fun.”

The authors reiterate: “When lawmakers take away women’s rights to watch and support their national team, they are in fact taking away the families’ rights to celebrate together. We ask FIFA to ask Iran to lift the ban permanently.”

Persia Digest reports that the 18 signatories to the letter are Shirin Ebadi, Gougoush, Shohreh Aghdashlou, Banafsheh Akhlaghi, Nina Ansari, Nazanin Bonyadi, Shahrnoush Parsipour, Nasim Pedrad, Nayereh Tohidi, Shaapi Khorsandi, Negar Zadegan, Homa Sarshar, Mehranguiz Kaar, Goli Ameri, Sharon Nazerian, Shirin Neshat, Guisou Nia, Sheila Vand.

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