TEHRAN, Iran President Hassan Rouhani has been invited to attend the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
The president also referred to the passionate presence of women in various fields of sport, especially football, and said: "Today, Iranian women are present livelier in sport fields, including 23,000 women athletes in football".
The Swiss-Italian also shared the pitch with ex-Iranian stars in a futsal match before attending Tehran derby between Persepolis and Esteghlal, where Esteghlal won the match 1-0 in Tehran's Azadi Stadium.
Last September, the Iranian Football Federation's official website provided a ticketing option for female fans ahead of the World Cup qualifying match between Iran and Syria, but later cancelled the sale, citing an unknown technical glitch that allowed women to purchase the tickets.
Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority tweeted the sports stadiums would allow families to attend football matches.
The women caught sneaking into the stadium were trying to attend a particularly significant game, one being watched by the most powerful man in world football, Fifa's boss.
Iran's influential clergy believes women have no place in football stadiums when men are over-excited and vulgar slogans are shouted.
Infantino's presence at Azadi Stadium drew sharp criticism from human rights activists who accuse Iran of violating Federation Internationale de Football Association rules by banning women from men's matches. Or we go there and have a discussion and try to convince the leaders of the country that they should give [women] access to stadiums.
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Infantino said that politics should never intervene in football, nor football in politics.
Earlier reports said two women were held.
"The solution is always just to play home and away like in every competition in every country", Infantino pointed out, adding: "Obviously the guarantees must be there, the safety must be there".
Van Basten previously has called for the ban on Iranian women at football stadiums to be lifted.
Neighbor Saudi Arabia allowed women into a sports stadium for the first time in January to watch soccer, although they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating.
Iranian women are now banned from attending games across the Middle East country. Safai is the founder of "Let Iranian women enter their stadiums", a campaign to end gender discrimination at Iranian sporting venues.
One female caller said she sees irony in Azadi Stadium's name, whose English translation is "freedom".