Saturday , 4 December 2021


Iranian Parliament May Decide Soon On Allowing Women Into Soccer Stadiums

RFL/RE – The Iranian Parliament is set to decide soon on whether women should be allowed into soccer stadiums, a move pushed hard in recent years by FIFA, the world governing body for the sport. Women have been banned from attending soccer matches in stadiums for four decades in the conservative Muslim nation. “The Football Federation of Iran [FFI] has …

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URGENT: Juvenile Offender Arman Abdolali Transferred for Execution Again

Iran Human Rights (IHRNGO)- Juvenile offender Arman Abdoali has been transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his execution for the second time in the last week. His execution is due to be carried out in the coming days. On October 11, Arman was transferred to solitary confinement in preparation for his scheduled execution on October 13 and his parents were summoned for their …

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40 Years Locked Outside Stadiums: A Chronology

Iranwire – In Iran, the doors to stadiums have once again been closed to women. On Tuesday, October 12, the Iranian and South Korean national football teams went head to head in a qualifying match for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. It took place in Tehran’s Azadi Stadium without any spectators. Iranian officials cited the pandemic as the reason for the empty …

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Jobs for the Boys: Business Partner of Official’s Sons Gets Top Football Role

Iranwire – In what might be one of the most expensive incidences of nepotism in the history of the Islamic Republic, a little-known developer and restauranteur named Arash Adibnia has abruptly been made an “advisor” to the president of Iran’s Football Federation. The appointment has cost the treasury more than 52 billion tomans, or around US$12.5m. Adibnia’s football credentials are anyone’s …

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Khamenei Openly Tells Iranian Athletes to Avoid Israelis

Iranwire – On Saturday, at a meeting with Iranian medalists in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympics games, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei once again drew attendees back to the only topic that concerns him in the sporting arena: Israel. Using harsher language than usual, Khamenei told officials “not to be passive” in refusing to accept Israel’s legitimacy at international sports contests. He …

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Luxury Planes, Absent Coaches: Iranian Female Footballers’ Summer of Discontent

Iranwire – The Iranian women’s national football team has headed to Tashkent, Uzbekistan to participate in the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers. After a long interruption to their activities and the loss of a FIFA ranking, the team woke up from a two-year slumber in May with the selection of Maryam Irandoost as the new head coach. Four months of gruelling training …

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Women Speak Out About Violence in Sport

Iranwire – After years of relative silence, a group of Iranian women athletes have told their stories of sexual discrimination and violence in sport. On Monday, at 8:30 pm Tehran time, IranWire hosted the “Sports Room” event on Clubhouse, offering women a space to talk about their experiences. For close to two hours, they told their painful stories, many of them for the first time, from …

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Star Referee Defies Ban and Shines Again at International Competition

Iranwire – Referee Gelareh Nazemi has again made history, defying Iran’s federation rules to officiate in the Futsal World Cup in Lithuania. Nazemi, who had previously become the first Iranian woman to referee in the men’s competition in the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup, presided over the World Cup match between Guatemala and Egypt on September 15 in Lithuania. Egypt won …

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Navid Afkari: “A Voice that Shook the World”

Iranwire – It is one year since Iran executed Navid Afkari, a wrestler from Shiraz, after sentencing him to death on trumped up charges. Navid Afkari and his brothers Habib and Vahid joined thousands of people in popular protests across Iran in August 2018. He was arrested on charges of moharebeh [war against God] and of murdering a security officer. He …

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