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Iran lifts ban on women spectators

Iran's authorities have partially lifted a ban on women attending men's sports matches.

The State Security Council has approved a plan ministry to allow women and families to attend some sports events, said deputy sports minister Abdolhamid Ahmadi.

He warned that not all matches or stadiums would allow women, but did not elaborate.

The announcement by the official IRNA news agency comes after Fifa President Sepp Blatter urged Iran earlier this year to end the ban on women watching football in stadiums.

Women have been banned from attending men's sports matches since the 1979 revolution that brought hardline Islamic clerics to power. However, Iran has allowed foreign women to attend matches of their national teams.

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