She Died Pursuing Her Dream. Image In an exception to the ban against women attending sports events, Iranian women, most of them family of players, were permitted to watch a soccer match between Iran and Bolivia at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran, in But she was arrested.
Sentenced to six months in prison, she set herself on fire in front of the courthouse on Sept. She died in a Tehran hospital this week from severe burns covering 90 percent of her body.
Her death has sparked an outcry from Iranian and international soccer players.
Many Iranians, including a former captain of the national team, are calling for a boycott of soccer games until the ban on women attending matches is lifted.
Several officials expressed shock and outrage at what had happened to Ms. Khodayari had wanted to see took place in March between her favorite team, Esteghlal, against a team from the United Arab Emirates.
Blue is the color of the Esteghlal team, and as news spread that one of its female fans had set herself on fire, Ms. She said her office had appointed a representative to follow the case since news of the burning surfaced, and said the representative had met with the mother and sister of the victim in the hospital.
Ebtekar said a written report on the case had been submitted to the judiciary on Saturday, and the topic of allowing women in stadiums was discussed in a cabinet meeting on Sunday.
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Iran barred women from entering soccer stadiums after the Islamic revolution, when religious laws were enforced to segregate men and women in public spaces like schools, buses and sports events. For more than a decade, Iranian rights activists, feminists and die-hard soccer fans have waged a battle to regain the right for women to attend games.
Their activism gradually gained the attention of international rights groups and the Iranian public. In some cases, to relieve pressure from FIFA, Iran has selectively allowed limited number of women, mostly relatives of players or government officials, to attend certain soccer games.
But women are not allowed to buy tickets for the events. FIFA told the Iranian federation that it would send a delegation this month to ensure that the changes were made in time for the Oct.
Still, many Iranians and human rights activists on Tuesday blamed FIFA for not taking a stronger stand against the ban.
International soccer stars said in Twitter posts that FIFA should step up and enforce its regulations banning member countries from discriminating on the basis of gender and race.
In a telephone interview on Tuesday, Ms.
Magdalena Eriksson, a soccer player for Chelsea F. Tariq Panja contributed reporting from London.