Iranian female football fans have snapped up all 3,500 tickets for the men’s game against Cambodia, with the entire allocated section for women in Tehran’s 90,000-capacity Azadi Stadium being sold out.

Iranian women have been banned from entering football stadia for men’s matches for the past 40 years, with foreign women only having been granted limited access.

Tickets for the October 10 FIFA World Cup qualifier match, which marks the first time in 40 years where woman can buy tickets, went on sale on Thursday and all released tickets “sold out in minutes.”

One section in the stands had initially been reserved for women, but “the tickets sold out in less than an hour”, the IRNA official news agency said.

Three additional sections were added, with those seats selling out “straight away”, meaning “the presence of 3,500 female Iranian fans is guaranteed”.

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