A 29-year-old girl named Sahar Khodayari tried entering the stadium to watch her favorite men’s team playing. She sneaked into the stadium so she can watch Esteghal play. Unfortunately, blue girl was caught and arrested for displaying this act.
She got into the stadium by pretending and dressing up like a man. The blue girl wore a long overcoat and blue hairpiece. But she got noticed. After getting caught, she spent three nights in jail.
She was then released on bail while the court case was still pending. She waited for the court case for about six months.
Why blue girl set herself on fire
Sahar appeared in the court, but it was postponed because the judge had some family emergency. Later on, when she returned to court so she can get her phone, she overheard some statements. It is reported that the blue girl heard some people talking about sentencing her for six months to two years in prison.
After hearing the conversation, she came out of the court and set herself on fire. She died in hospital later on.
The girl was known as “blue girl” on social media because of the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team. Esteghal gave a statement too in which they offered condolences for her family, after her death.
Restriction of women to enter stadiums in Iran
Authorities in Iran have restricted the entry of women in stadiums. Women do not go to stadiums anymore since 1981 but are allowed for a few sports only, like volleyball.
The rule was lifted temporarily the previous year in 2018. Women were then allowed to go to the stadium but just for watching the world cup. According to sources, any such law for restricting women is not written but enforced in the country.
The minister of information and communications technology of Iran has announced the death of Sahar as merely a bitter incident.