Saturday, May 13, 2006

Iran Reinstates Ban on Women Attending Soccer Matches

The real revolutionaries of Iran.

Fundies rule in Iran. Kind of like Kansas, but with abayas and hejabs.


Iran's women will be barred from attending soccer games, a reversal by the president that comes a month before the national team plays in the World Cup.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had ruled in April that he would allow women to go to soccer games and sit in a separate section of the stands. He wanted to "improve soccer-watching manners and promote a healthy atmosphere."

But Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei -- who under the Islamic republic's constitution has the final say -- opposed the move.

Ahmadinejad's decision to allow women into stadiums had provoked outrage among hard-line Shiite Muslim clerics, who supported his election last year.

Previous posts: Women to Attend Football Matches in Iran (April 25, 2006)

Take Action for Women's Rights (April 11, 2006)

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