If today in Iran the last second leg in the Champions League of the Asian Football Association is held, exceptionally, some women could stay in the stadium again.
According to the IRNA State Agency, 850 women were admitted. However, among the nearly 100,000 spectators, they will be clearly in the minority. The authorities decide who they are. Last time they selected members of the players, employees of the Iranian Football Association, members of the Iranian women's national team and female officials in parliament and the presidential office.
In the Asian Champions League final, Persepolis Tehran and Kashima Antlers in Japan face each other. The first leg won the Japanese 2-0 last week.
Women in Iran have not been allowed on football stadiums for more than three decades. The arch-conservative clergyman in the country believes he has no business among male fans. The Iranian Football Association, the Ministry of Sport and even President Ruhani himself have tried to make the difference – so far with limited success.