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Sahar Khodayari, 30, died in the early hours of Monday, a week after setting herself on fire to protest against women who were banned from soccer matches in Iran

The Iranian woman dies a week after setting herself on fire for being caught trying to sneak into a football game dressed as a man

  • Sahar Khodayari, 29, was threatened with a six-month prison sentence last week for trying to sneak into a football match in Iran
  • She set herself on fire outside the court and suffered 90 percent burns to her body
  • Sahar was taken to the hospital, but died of her wounds a few days later
  • Her photo emerged when activists argue in favor of ending the ban on women to attend games
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An Iranian women's rights activist who set himself on fire outside the court to protest a six-month prison sentence for trying to attend a football match has died.

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Sahar Khodayari, 30, suffered burns of up to 90 percent of her body after lighting herself outside a court in Tehran last week when she heard she might have to go to jail because she was trying to attend a men's soccer game in March.

She was rushed to the hospital, but died of her injuries in the early hours of Monday, according to local media.

Iranian women were not allowed to attend men's football matches in the country after the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Sahar Khodayari, 30, died in the early hours of Monday, a week after setting herself on fire to protest against women who were banned from soccer matches in Iran

Sahar Khodayari, 30, died in the early hours of Monday, a week after setting herself on fire to protest against women who were banned from soccer matches in Iran

Sahar was arrested in March when he tried to sneak into a football game, dressed like a man, before he sat outside this courtroom last week when she heard she could be imprisoned for six months
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Sahar was arrested in March when he tried to sneak into a football game, dressed like a man, before he sat outside this courtroom last week when she heard she could be imprisoned for six months

Sahar was arrested in March when he tried to sneak into a football game, dressed like a man, before he sat outside this courtroom last week when she heard she could be imprisoned for six months

Sahar was first arrested in March this year at Tehran Azadi Stadium while trying to watch a match between her favorite team, Esteghlal and Al Ain, a team from the United Arab Emirates.

She had tried to sneak into the stadium, dressed like a man, previously told her sister to the Iranian media, but admitted that she was a woman when security tried to search her.

Sahar was arrested and taken to prison before being released.

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She was charged with & # 39; inappropriate wearing a hijab & # 39; and insulting police and appeared in court early last week when she heard of the possible punishment.

Then she stuck herself out of the field. No punishment was pronounced.

The case attracted national attention with Sahar called & # 39; Blue Girl & # 39; on social media in reference to the color of her team's kit.

Her sister said that Sahar suffered from biopolar and had tried suicide once before. Her condition deteriorated again after she was taken to jail, her sister said.

Activists call on Iran to fully lift the ban on women attending games that has come into effect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution (file image)

Activists call on Iran to fully lift the ban on women attending games that has come into effect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution (file image)

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Activists call on Iran to fully lift the ban on women attending games that has come into effect since the 1979 Islamic Revolution (file image)

On Monday, Sahar's father confirmed her bipolar diagnosis and revealed that his daughter had dreamed of becoming a police officer, but was told that she could not because she was a woman.

She then went to college where she earned two bachelor's & # 39; s degrees in computer science and languages, and was still studying at the time of her death.

He confirmed that he had four children – two sons and two daughters – but none of them loved football except Sahar.

Activists are now calling for the ban on women attending men's competitions to be lifted.

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In recent years, Iran has come under pressure from FIFA to allow women to attend competitions, because the constitution of the governing body officially prohibits the team from discriminating on the basis of gender.

As a result, Iran says women can attend qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup that will take place in October.

Activists say, however, that it is not enough to admit women to show-offs and that the ban on all competitions should be lifted.

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