The Iranian league dismisses judge Mahsa Ghorbani to “avoid controversies” within men’s football – La Opinion

The Iranian league dismisses judge Mahsa Ghorbani to “avoid controversies” within men’s football – La Opinion



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Iranian football league This Wednesday he dismissed the person who was going to become the first woman to referee a men’s soccer match in the Persian country and now all the referees will be men in the Tehran derby that is played tonight.

It was a decision made by the Arbitration Committee, which eliminated all possible controversies.“said the president of the Iranian Football League Organization, Soheil Mahdireported the state agency IRNA.

Mahdi did not indicate what he meant by the “possible controversies”.

Mahsa Ghorbani was going to be the first woman to be part of a refereeing team in a men’s football match in Iran, although her role was going to be limited to VAR, which had raised hopes that women would play a larger role in men’s football in Iran.

Now she will be replaced by the man Saadolah Golmoradi in the VAR room in tonight’s match in Tehran between Esteghlal and Persepolis, in the biggest derby in Iranian football and in all of Asia, which faces two historical rivals divided by historical, sporting and social reasons.

For 40 years, the Islamic Republic of Iran did not allow women to attend stadiums, a taboo that It was broken in 2019 in an Iran-Cambodia match attended by 3,500 women, under pressure from FIFA.

In January 2022, for the second time in four decades, Some 2,000 fans were allowed to attend Iran’s match against Iraq in Tehran.

Since then, Iranian authorities have allowed a limited number of women to attend some football matches in the country.

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