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Iranian soccer stars call on government to repeal ban on women in stadiums

Iranian soccer stars call on government to repeal ban on women in stadiums

For the last 38 years, it's been illegal for women to attend soccer matches in Iran. Two of the country's most prominent names in the sport say it's time to change that.

"This is the demand of millions upon millions of female fans who'd like to watch soccer matches and other events up close," Ali Karimi, a former Bayern Munich midfielder and current coach of one of Iran's most popular teams, said told Iranian news agency ISNA this week (via RFE/RL). "This important issue is not impossible, this dream of female sports fans can be achieved through correct planning."

Karimi's comments follow those made late last month by current Iranian national team star...

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