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Banned from Watching Soccer, the Women of Iran are Being Failed by FIFA

With the World Cup in Russia‎ less than 100 days away now, excitement is escalating for obsessive fans around the world. Even in places that have long excluded women from watching sports events in person, the ground is shifting; in January, ‎Saudi Arabia lifted its long-standing banon women in stadiums. But in Iran, women who are enthusiastic soccer and volleyball fans are still barred from even watching matches in stadiums—and are detained by police when they try. Expand Iranian President Hassan Rouhani receiving a present from FIFA president Gianni Infantino during their meeting at the…

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