The term “better late than never” actually applies to what happen on Thursday. For the first time in forty years, women in Iran were allowed to go to a live soccer match within the country. Thousands of Iranian ladies were rejoicing as they were able to watch the Iranian national soccer team absolutely demolish Cambodia 14-0 in an Asian World Cup Qualification match at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran.
Unfortunately, the Iranian government was forced to allow women to watch the game after being threatened by FIFA and also after an Iranian girl set herself on fire last month after being afraid that she would be arrested for attending a soccer game last year. If Iran did not allow women into this game, then FIFA would have suspended Iran and Iran would have been disqualified from the next World Cup in 2022.