Iranian Woman Set Herself On Fire After Being Denied Soccer Stadium Access

Iranian Woman Set Herself On Fire After Being Denied Soccer Stadium Access

A woman from Iran who was denied entry to a football stadium in Tehran has lost her life after she set herself on fire, according to human rights organization Amnesty International.

The 29-year-old Sahar Khodayari faced charges of “appearing in public without a hijab” when she tried to enter the stadium dressed as a man in March.

Amnesty said in a statement that she was stopped from entering when the stadium’s security guards discovered that she was a woman, and she appeared in a Tehran court last week when the case was adjourned.
She then poured gasoline over herself and lit herself on fire. She lost her life on September 9.

Shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, the country put a ban on women attending sports stadiums.

Both Amnesty and Human Rights Watch called on FIFA, the world’s football governing body to end the ban.

This is what Iran-based women’s advocacy group @OpenStadiums wrote about the incident:

Khodayari has since been dubbed the “Blue Girl” on social media because of the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team.

FIFA said in a statement that they’re aware of the tragedy and deeply regret it. They conveyed their condolences to the family and friends of Khodayari, and reiterated their calls on the Iranian authorities to ensure the freedom and safety of any women engaged in the fight to end the stadium ban for women in Iran.


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