Iranian girl detained for watching football match in stadium
A photo of an Iranian girl has gone viral after she was detained for watching a football match in Iran.The woman, whose Instagram account is named Zeinab_perspolisi_ak8 gained widespread recognition on the social media platform after she posted a picture of herself in the back of a police van after being detained.Zeinab posted a series of photos on her Instagram account which also included a selfie taken in the stadium, where she can be seen wearing a cap and using a cloth to cover her face.For watching a football match some girls in Iran went to jail and court,but nothing can stop them.Zeinab posted a photo on her Instagram account yesterday from Police’s van during Perspolis match,she usually dressed as a boy and snuck in to [email protected] pic.twitter.com/DBd3N4ketBOpenStadiums (@openStadiums) September 20, 2018Iranian women are not allowed to enter stadiums where male athletes play. The ruling has been in place since the Islamic revolution of 1979, however they are allowed to watch women play.In March this year, 35 women were detained for trying to watch a football match between Tehran teams Esteqlal and Persepolis. The match was also attended by Fifa’s president, Gianni Infantino.Iranian women have long been fighting for the right to enter stadiums. A group of activists also protested against the ruling during 2018 World Cup in Russia as they held up posters that read Let Iranian women enter their stadiums, during one of Iran’s group match.advertisementIn Russia, a plea to support Iranian women to enter stadiumsNot just the stadium ban but compulsory hijab rule for women athletes from Iran and even for those visiting the country has also drawn criticism in the past.Over the last two years, two high-profile Indian athletes have withdrawn from high-profile sporting events over the hijab rule. Women are required to wear hijab in Iran and there’s no negotiating that.In fact, in November last year, the male coach of the Thailand women’s team wore a hijab to enter the playing arena with his team for the Asian Kabaddi Championship.In 2016, top India shooter Heena Sidhu had pulled out of Asian Airgun Shooting Championship in Iran due to their compulsory hijab rule for all women athletes.