Blue girl’: Iran’s football fan, denied stadium entry, dies

Tehran: An Iranian female football fan, who was detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a football stadium, has died a week after setting herself on fire.

Sahar Khodayari self-immolated in front of a court in Tehran last week after she found out she could face a two-year sentence for attempting to enter the Azadi Stadium to watch her team play.

Khodayari was rushed to a local hospital with severe burns on 90 percent of her body and damage to her lungs. She was confirmed dead on Monday night.

The 29-year-old was arrested in March while attempting to enter the iconic stadium named Azadi (Freedom in Farsi) to watch Esteghlal FC face UAE’s Al Ain in an AFC Champions League match.

Since there are no written laws barring women from entering stadiums, she was sentenced for not fully adhering to Islamic hijab laws and covering her head.

Her family posted bail a day later but since the incident happened on the weekend, she had to spend three more days in jail.

Her family said the experience deteriorated Khodayari’s mental health as she had a history of battling bipolar disorder and had attempted suicide before.

Khodayari was dubbed “blue girl” by Iranians on social media for the blue colour of her team’s jersey. Following the incident, thousands expressed outrage over a persisting stadium entry ban for women.

AlamulKhabar Sports