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  • Sahar Khodayari - Wikipedia.
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It began as a small group of female football fans protesting outside Azadi Stadium during a World Cup qualification match between Iran and Bahrain. They wrote to domestic and international news outlets, trying to get somebody to listen, but were largely met with silence. At the time, none of the human rights organisations was following our problem.

But when Moya talked about it, Human Rights Watch came and supported us.

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Lots of other human rights organisations and lots of other journalists around the world came. Basically, she connected us to the world of football a lot more. And it happened Sepp Blatter, in his meeting with officials in Iran, he mentioned it. That was a big deal at the time. And despite changes in leadership in both Iran and Fifa over the next few years, little progress was made towards lifting the stadium ban.

On one hand, lots of Iranian young people are on Twitter.

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In , Open Stadiums accompanied several other activists overseas to attend the World Cup in Russia, banners and placards in tow. The death of Blue Girl earlier this month once again catapulted Open Stadiums into the spotlight. In the days following her death, the openStadiums account was flooded with online support from individuals, clubs and organisations expressing sadness and outrage at the tragedy.

FC Barcelona is very sorry to hear about the death of Sahar Khodayari, may she rest in peace. Football is a game for everyone - men AND women, and everyone should be able to enjoy the beautiful game together in stadiums.

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I really want to see something good and see justice come out of this tragedy. Just mourning a person is not enough. Her eyes looking at you. Italian club A. Roma said on Twitter that its colors are yellow and red while adding "but today our heart bleeds blue for Sahar Khodayari.

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The popular club added: "Now it's time for everyone in Iran to be allowed to enjoy football matches together. Football is a sport for all and we believe stadiums must be open to all," Chelsea's men's team said on Twitter. In past years, only selected groups of women have been allowed into stadiums to watch soccer matches or other men's sporting events. Women have occasionally defied the ban and entered stadiums, sometimes dressed as men.

Earlier this year, Iranian Sports Minister Masud Soltanifar suggested that measures are being taken to allow women into stadiums.

FIFA said on September 11 that it will send officials to Iran soon to look at the possibility of allowing women into football games in the country. Unconfirmed reports suggested that she died on September 7 or 8 but her death was only announced on September 9 after her burial under tight security measures in the holy Shi'ite city of Qom. Pressure has been growing on the Islamic government in recent years to remove the ban on female spectators, with many rights activists and Iranian soccer stars condemning it as discriminatory.


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