The Iranians hoped so but they will not finally find the bleachers of the Tehran football stadium on Tuesday because the qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup against South Korea will be played without spectators, announced the federation, without explaining this huis- closed.

“The match of our national football team against South Korea in the final phase of the qualifiers of the Qatar 2022 World Cup will take place on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. (13:30 GMT) without the presence of spectators at the Azadi stadium” , the Irna agency said on Sunday, citing the press release from the Iranian football federation.

On Monday, state television announced that women would be allowed to watch the match between the two national teams.

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Fifa had been pushing for years for Iran to open its stadiums to women, but until 2019 Tehran had only allowed a limited number of women (at most a thousand supporters in November) until 2019. 2018) to attend a few meetings.

In October 2019, they were able to attend the Iranian men’s team’s match in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium against Cambodia in the 2022 World Cup qualifier.

After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, Iranian women were denied access to stadiums, officially to protect them from male rudeness.

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