Iranian regime security forces on Tuesday used tear gas and pepper spray on women who sought to watch a soccer game between Lebanon and Iran, sparking urgent calls to ban the clerical regime’s soccer team from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Iran’s regime once again defied FIFA, the world soccer federation, after it ordered the regime in Tehran to allow women into stadiums in 2019.
Shocking video footage on social media showed women gassed and pepper-sprayed by security forces.
The Voice of America journalist and women’s rights campaigner, Masih Alinejad, posted a video. She wrote: “A young man who took this video asked me to pass his message to @FIFAcom : My friend & I bought the ticket to go to the stadium but saw how she got attacked with pepper spray for the crime of being a girl. I refused to go to the stadium but shame on you if you ignore this barbaric act.”
According to the London-based Iran International media organization, the football federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran did not offer any apologies.
The federation claimed in a statement that tickets purchased by the women had been sold by “ticket forgers” or the women did not reveal that they were female when they bought tickets online. “Only nine women had purchased tickets for the men’s section of the stadium who will be reimbursed within 48 hours,” wrote the federation.
The Iranian federation added, “Doubtlessly the bitter episodes during this game were the result of mischief and profiteering of individuals who jeopardized the order and security of the stadium by printing and selling fake tickets.”.
The match between Iran and Lebanon was a qualification contest for the world cup. Iran defeated Lebanon 2-0. The US government news organization Radio Farda reporter Golnaz Esfandiari reported that FIFA “heard with concern reports that women were not allowed at the match in Mashhad yesterday and is asking the Iranian Football Federation [for] more information on the matter.”
One Iran journalist wrote, according to Iran International:” “This statement is clear evidence of gender discrimination,” and urged FIFA to ban Iran’s Football Federation
The Iranian regime-controlled The Iranian Students News Agency said roughly 12,500 fans bought tickets for the Iran-Lebanon match, including 2,000 women. Iran’s regime and the radical Islamic regime of the Taliban in Afghanistan are the two nations that have traditionally banned women from watching soccer in stadiums.