Syrian women are allowed into stadium but Iranian women are kept out, despite initially being allowed to buy tickets
Female Iranian MPs have spoken out against a ban on women entering sports stadiums after some fans were prevented from watching a World Cup qualifying match in Tehran between Iran and Syria.
Both genders were initially allowed to purchase tickets for Tuesday nights game, but the option for women to make purchases was removed by officials who blamed a technical glitch.
A group of women who went to Tehrans gigantic Azadi stadium were told they could not enter. When they started demonstrating they were threatened with arrest.
Female Syria supporters were allowed to enter and cheer for their team. Some did not wear a hijab even though it is compulsory for all women in Iran, including foreigners.
The ban dominated some of the newspaper front pages in Tehran on Wednesday. An Iranian paradox, read the headline of the Bahar newspaper, which complained that the host was left outside behind the doors, while the guest went inside the stadium. An image of Syrian fans carried by Bahars front page was juxtaposed with another image showing Iranian women protesting outside.