FIFA officials will visit Iran, following the death of a female fan who set herself on fire in protest at her arrest for attending a match, world soccer’s governing body told Reuters on Wednesday.Advertising
Sahar Khodayari, dubbed “Blue Girl” due to her favourite team Esteghlal’s colours, died at hospital on Monday after her self-immolation outside a court where she feared being jailed for six months having attended the match in disguise as a man.
FC Barcelona is very sorry to hear about the death of Sahar Khodayari, may she rest in peace. Football is a game for everyone – men AND women, and everyone should be able to enjoy the beautiful game together in stadiums.
While foreign women have been allowed limited access to matches, Iranian women have been banned from stadiums when men’s teams have been playing since just after the 1979 Islamic revolution.
A FIFA spokesman said that meetings with Iranian soccer officials, expected inside the next two weeks, were part of preparations for Iran’s World Cup qualifying games they face Cambodia at home on Oct. 10 and were not a specific response to Khodayari’s death.
The FIFA officials, however, will check the preparations made by the Iranian FA to provide access to that match for women.