Iranian Women Allowed To Watch World Cup Broadcast in Tehran's Azadi Stadium

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal after shooting a penalty kick during the match against Spain at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on 15 June

Portugal went on to win the match to put them at the Zenith of Group B with four points. The Islamic Republic has barred women from attending men's sporting events since 1980, and Wednesday's showing was almost cancelled due to "infrastructure difficulties" until Tehran police finally let crowds of fans enter Tehran's Azadi Stadium. Video footage showing women and children sitting on the ground next to the venue flooded social media prompting Iranian Interior Minister, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, to interfere.

Iranian fans visiting the World Cup in Russian Federation used the football tournament as a platform to protest against the country's ban on female spectators.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in Portugal's 3-3 draw with Spain their World Cup opener, including a stunning free-kick on the stroke of full-time.

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Many Iranian clerics oppose women attending football matches, saying they must be protected from the masculine atmosphere, though the ruling is frequently criticised from across the political spectrum.

Fans trooped to the stadium after, according to NBC, the Provincial Council on Wednesday morning decided that women should be allowed into the stadium for a screening of their national team's World Cup match against Spain.

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