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Iranian women not allowed to attend sports events: Official

Source: Tehran Times

TEHRAN - Just a few hours after Deputy Sports Minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi said that female fans have been allowed to attend sporting events, an Interior Ministry official denied any plan has been confirmed so far.

Read related report by Arman daily (in Persian)

A plan to allow "women and families" to enter sports stadiums will come into effect in the next year, Ahmadi told IRNA on Saturday.

The restrictions would be lifted for indoor sports events. The rules won't change for all matches because some sports are mainly related to men and "families are not interested in attending" them, Ahmadi said.

Soon after, Ministry of Interior's Public Relations Spokesman Babak Dinparast said that the State Security Council did not have any plan approving presence of women in sport stadiums.

Last month, FIFA President Sepp Blatter called on Iran to end its "intolerable" ban on women attending soccer matches, saying the situation "cannot continue."

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