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"Thank you AFC for making history "

Tehran: Female football fans have expressed their appreciation to the Asian Football Confederation for making it possible for them to attend the second leg of the 2018 AFC Champions League final between Persepolis and Kashima Antlers at Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Saturday.

The presence of the female fans for the first time in 40 years in an official match at the Azadi Stadium was due to the efforts of AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, together with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran.

More than 1,000 female football fans joined a capacity crowd for the Continental showpiece which saw Kashima Antlers emerge champions for the first time.

The female fans shared their excitement and joy at being in the Azadi Stadium on social media.

Farzane.ebr expressed her her joy: “I can’t believe I could finally go to the stadium. This picture was the first moment I entered.”


niloofarhamedi, an Iranian journalist, also expressed her joy when she received her media accreditation for the exciting showdown.