Women's movement demands FIFA exclude one World Cup participant

Iran - Is this World Cup participant still sustainable? The Iranian women's rights movement Open Stadiums has called on FIFA to exclude Iran from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November.

Iran has qualified for the tournament in Qatar and will face England in the World Cup opener in November.
Iran has qualified for the tournament in Qatar and will face England in the World Cup opener in November.  © REUTERS

"Why should FIFA give the Iranian state and its representatives a global stage?" reads a letter obtained by dpa, which the organization addressed to FIFA President Gianni Infantino personally.

TV show Sportschau also reported on the letter. Open Stadiums, which campaigns for Iranian women's rights, has been calling for free and unhindered access for women to soccer stadiums in Iran for years.

The background is the incidents surrounding the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. The morality police in Iran had arrested her because of her allegedly "un-Islamic outfit." What exactly happened to Amini after her arrest is unclear.

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The young woman had slipped into a coma and died in a hospital on September16, and since then people across the country have been demonstrating against the government's repressive course.

"This state not only refuses to respect fundamental rights and human dignity, it tortures and kills its own people," the letter from the women's rights movement continued.

"Where are the principles of the FIFA Statutes in this regard? We call on FIFA to immediately exclude Iran from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar."

Iran will face USA, England, and Wales in the preliminary group B. As of now, the first match will be against England on November 21.

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