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07 Nov 2013 18:32 GMT | Middle East, Iran, Qatar
FIFA president Sepp Blatter is urging Iranian authorities to end the ban on female football spectators in stadiums.
Blatter's remarks came after talks with Iranian officials, including the parliamentary speaker, Ali Larijani.
Iran is one of the few countries that block women from attending football matches, but has permitted female fans at some other sports venues in the past.
Qatar, which only allowed its first female Olympic athletes last year, has promised that women fans are welcome when it hosts the 2022 World Cup.
In 2006, the then president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said women could attend football matches in a special section, but the decision was overruled by higher authorities.
A year later, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi showed girls who dressed as men to sneak into football matches in Tehran.
Iran's supreme leader has vetoed a decision by the president to allow women into sports stadiums.
Only in a world so upside down could the "Beautiful Game" be used as an instrument of Islamophobia.
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