Iran Women’s Soccer Captain Banned From Match – By Her Husband


An Iranian champion soccer player has been banned from attending a major match this week, after her husband took her passport under the protection of Iran’s Sharia Law.

Niloufar Ardalan, 30, will remain at home as her teammates head to the Asian Football Federation Women’s Futsal Championship, an indoor soccer tournament being held Sept 21- 26 in Malaysia.

The reason: her husband, sports journalist Mehdi Toutounchi, wanted her home for her son’s first day of school, Free Radio Europe reports. Mehdi is allowed to prevent her from traveling under Iranian law.

“I wish authorities would create [measures] that would allow female athletes to defend their rights in such situations,” Ardalan stated to Nasimonline. “These games were very important to me. As a Muslim woman, I wanted to work for my country’s flag to be raised [at the games], rather than traveling for leisure and fun.”