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Iranian female football fan dies after setting herself on fire

An Iranian female football fan has died after setting herself on fire outside a court after learning she may have to serve a six-month sentence for trying to enter a soccer stadium.

Women in Iran are banned from soccer stadiums, though they are allowed at some other sports, such as volleyball.

The semi-official Shafaghna news agency reported today that a 30-year-old woman identified only as Sahar died at a Tehran hospital.

Sahar was known as "Blue Girl" on social media for the colours of her favourite team, Esteghlal.

She set herself on fire a week ago, reportedly after learning she may have to go to prison for trying to enter a stadium in February to watch an Esteghlal match.

No verdict had been delivered in her case so far.

Iran map (file picture). Source: istock.com


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