FIFA 'assured' women in Iran can attend soccer matches

    An Iranian supporter outside the Kazan Arena in 2018.

    (CNN)Women in Iran will be allowed to attend men's soccer matches beginning with a World Cup qualifier next month, according to FIFA.

    Football's world governing body has long been concerned by the issue and its president Gianni Infantino spoke to Iranian officials following the death of Sahar Khodayari, a female fan who set herself on fire after she was denied access to a soccer stadium in Tehran.
    Speaking at a FIFA conference on women's football in Milan Sunday, Infantino said he had been "assured" that women will be allowed to attend Iran's next match against Cambodia.
      "We've been assured that as of the next international game of Iran, which is to be played on October 10, women will be allowed to enter football stadiums," he said.
      "This is something that is very important, since 40 years this has not been happening with a couple of exceptions."
      The ban against women going to stadiums where men are playing was brought in shortly after the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
      In June, FIFA sent a letter to the Iranian Football Federation, requesting a timeline that would allow women to be able to buy tickets for World Cup qualifiers, Reuters reported.
      A banner reading "Support Iranian women to attends stadiums" is displayed during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group B football match between Morocco and Iran.