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PARIS : Fifa president Gianni Infantino on Sunday said the world football’s governing body has been “assured" by Iranian authorities that women will be able to attend a World Cup qualifier in Tehran next month.

Fifa had demanded Iran allow women free unlimited access to stadiums following the ‘Blue girl’ incident where a woman killed herself after being arrested trying to access a stadium.

“We have been assured, that as of the next international game of Iran, women will be allowed to enter football stadiums," Infantino told a Fifa conference on women’s football in Milan on Sunday.

Fifa wants Iran to end its ban on women entering stadiums that breaches international soccer statutes prohibiting discrimination. “We need to have women attending, we need to push for that with respect but in a strong and forceful way and we cannot wait anymore. This is something very important, it is 40 years that this has not happened, with a couple of exceptions, but it is important to move to the next level and to the next stage," Infantino said.

Iran has barred female spectators from stadiums since 1981.

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