(Web Desk) -FIFA president Gianni Infantino said Iran has assured him female fans will “soon” be allowed into stadiums.
Infantino opened a FIFA equality conference on Friday by claiming his Tehran visit on Thursday could help “many women around the world”.
Infantino said: “I hope, I am confident, I was promised that women in Iran will have access to football stadiums soon,” skysports.com reported.
Infantino attended the Tehran derby between Esteqlal and Persepolis on Thursday, however, he was criticized for attending the derby because attendance was limited to men only, the report said.
Women are banned from attending games in Iran.
He did not specify who made the pledge, while saying he was reluctant to be heard “criticizing anyone”.
A FIFA spokesperson said: “One of the main purposes of the FIFA president’s trip to Iran was to raise this particular issue and engage in discussions with the Iranian political and sporting authorities in order to make concrete progress on this matter.
The FIFA president met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in Tehran.
During the meeting, Rouhani referred to the passionate presence of women in various fields of sport, especially football, and said: “Today, Iranian women are present livelier in sport fields, including 23,000 women athletes in football”.
“Iran is a safe country and is ready to host regional and international sports and groups,” said the Iranian president, pointing out that regional federations should seek to bring nations closer together and increase friendships, president.ir reported.
According to skysports.com, Infantino underlined the importance that all football fans irrespective of gender should be allowed to cheer and support their favorite teams inside the stadium, especially in a country like Iran, where the whole population is so passionate about football.