FIFA urged to eject Iran from World Cup over women stadium ban

Iranian news agencies reported that 2,000 women who had bought tickets for the World Cup qualifier confronting Lebanon in Mashhad were barred from the stadium AFP

Iranian news agencies this week confirmed that 2,000 women who had bought tickets for Tuesday’south World Cup qualifier against Lebanon in the northeastern city of Mashhad could not enter the stadium.

Activists based exterior Iran accused the government of using pepper spray at close range to disperse women who then protested the ban outside the venue.

The United for Navid group of exiled Iranian athletes and activists, set up afterward the execution of wrestling champion Navid Afkari in September 2020, said Islamic republic of iran should be suspended from international football until it changes its opinion.

“Nosotros formally asking that FIFA immediately suspend Iran and prohibit its participation in the World Cup 2022 as long as the Football Federation of Islamic republic of iran continues to violate the Olympic Charter and FIFA regulations,” information technology said in a letter of the alphabet to FIFA’s deputy secretary general Mattias Grafstrom.

In the letter, a copy of which was obtained past AFP Friday, it said that Islamic republic of iran had pledged to FIFA that it would cease its policy of “gender apartheid” by allowing women to attend matches.

“Merely not only has Iran broken that promise by standing to bar women from entering a stadium but women are beaten, abused and threatened,” it added.

United for Navid said Iran “continues to ignore” FIFA’southward requests to show “basic adherence” to human rights.

– ‘Long overdue’ –

Human Rights Watch meanwhile urged FIFA to need that Iran urgently overturn the “discriminatory” stadium ban on women and ensure accountability for abuses.

“Given the Iranian regime’ longstanding violations, FIFA needs to follow its own global guidelines on nondiscrimination and should consider enforcing penalties for Iran’s noncompliance,” Tara Sepehri Far, HRW’s senior Islamic republic of iran researcher, said in a argument.

The New York-based NGO said that under FIFA’southward statutes bigotry on the ground of gender is “strictly prohibited and punishable by intermission or expulsion”.

“It is long overdue for FIFA to demonstrate that it is serious in enforcing transparent accountability measures,” said Sepehri Far.

There was considerable criticism from within Iran over the lockout, including from Iran’s team captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh, and Mashhad’s governor apologised.

President Ebrahim Raisi on Wednesday instructed the interior ministry to look into the incident.

In Jan, women were allowed to attend an international for the first time in near iii years, for a World Loving cup qualifier against Iraq that also saw the Team Melli win its identify for the finals in Qatar, the draw for which was taking place on Friday.

A FIFA spokesperson told AFP on Wednesday that information technology had learned with “concern” of the reports of women being barred after “historic progress” exemplified by the Jan 2021 match.

“FIFA expects this to continue, as there can exist no turning back.”

Pressure on Iran to human activity had increased since the death in 2019 of female fan Sahar Khodayari — known as the “blueish girl” after the colours of her favourite Tehran team Esteghlal — who prepare herself on fire in fear of being jailed later on trying to attend a friction match in disguise.

Navid Afkari, a 27-year-onetime wrestler who had won national competitions, was hanged in September 2020 in the southern urban center of Shiraz afterward being convicted of committing murder during protests that rocked the city 2 years before.

He had complained of existence tortured into confessing, with methods that included beating and having booze squirted upwards his nose.

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Originally posted 2022-04-02 08:06:57.