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Iran’s only female Olympic medallist says she has quit country

Taekwondo athlete Kimia Alizadeh described herself as ‘one of millions of oppressed women in Iran’Iran’s only female Olympic medallist has said she intends to leave the Islamic republic, in a blistering online statement in which she describes herself a…

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Sergino Dest: Ajax’s USA defender leaves Qatar training camp amid Iran tensions

Dutch club were training in Middle East during winter breakPlayer said he felt uncomfortable after recent incidentsAjax and USA defender Sergino Dest is leaving the club’s winter training camp in Qatar, amid high tensions in the Middle East, the club a…

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Colin Kaepernick attacks US ‘imperialism’ in wake of Suleimani strike

Former NFL star has been long-term critic of US policiesKareem Abdul-Jabbar: Kaepernick is America’s black GrinchColin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who has used his platform to highlight racial injustice within the United States, has turned his atte…

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Chess: Iran’s Alireza Firouzja, 16, bypasses ban on playing Israelis

The No 1-ranked teenage player opts to play under Fide’s flag at the world speed chess championships in MoscowAlireza Firouzja, the 16-year-old Iranian, who ranks as the world’s top teenager, is competing this weekend under the international chess body…

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Afshin Ghotbi: ‘1998 had a bigger magnitude for Iranians than Americans’

The widely travelled coach has lived for long periods in the US and Iran, giving him insight into life – and football – in both countriesWhether Afshin Ghotbi is the most successful American coach working today is something that can be debated but when…

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Don’t applaud Iran for letting some women watch football – it is not enough

Around 3,500 women will see the World Cup qualifier against Cambodia but a complete end to the ban and other important steps are neededEven the faintest praise for the Iranian Football Association as the clock has ticked towards Thursday’s World Cup qu…

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Iranian women allowed to watch football at stadium for first time in decades

Women free to watch World Cup qualifier after ban liftsThose attending in Tehran will be segregated from menIranian women will be able to enter a football stadium on Thursday for the first time in decades, after Fifa threatened to suspend the Islamic r…

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Grotesque tragedy unlikely to shame Fifa into action over Iran’s ban on female fans | Marina Hyde

Toothless urgings followed the death of Sahar Khodayari, who – faced with prison for trying to watch football – set herself on fireThe grim tragedy of Sahar Khodayari once again forces Fifa to pick the most expedient version of itself. Is it an organis…

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Maryam Shojaei helps Iran’s female football fans carry fight for admission | Suzanne Wrack

Gianni Infantino’s efforts have not had much impact and, with World Cup qualifiers soon, the wait to attend games continues“They think that, if they give up on this, it’s a noose for them,” says Maryam Shojaei. “People will ask for more. If they give i…

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‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard – by becoming a taekwondo championWhen I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mot…

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Boxer Sadaf Khadem cancels return to Iran after arrest warrant issued

• Sadaf Khadem fought Anne Chauvin in France on Saturday• Boxer defied Iranian rules over women’s sporting dressSadaf Khadem, the first female Iranian boxer to win an overseas fight, intends to stay in France, where she fought last weekend, after an ar…

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Undercover: female football fans in Iran

For nearly 40 years, Iranian women have been banned from watching stadium football matches. The photographer Forough Alaei, a World Press Photo winner in the sports category for her Crying for Freedom series, describes following the story of Zeinab, on…

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Iran opens door to women at football but will anything really change?

A small number of women watched an Iran friendly and a cup final but the head of the judiciary has said it is sinful for them to see ‘half-naked men’ playNormal service has resumed at Iranian football grounds and that spells bad news for the country’s …

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World Cup 2018: 32 fans from 32 countries review the tournament

As the dust settles on the World Cup in Russia, readers have been sharing their verdicts on their teams’ performancesI could not be prouder of my team. To see France do so well and bring such happiness to the country has been an incredible experience. …

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World Cup 2018 player ratings: marks for every single performance in Russia

After every game in Russia we asked our readers to rate the players and here are the verdicts, per game as well as average rating for the tournament The Russia World Cup came to a close with the France v Croatia final at the Luzhniki. There were 63 ga…

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Neymar’s roll to Southgate’s waistcoats: the World Cup’s most watched moments – video

The 2018 World Cup was quite the tournament. Here we look back at Neymar rolling, Panama celebrating their first goal in the World Cup ever, the return of football’s coming home and more Continue reading…

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World Cup 2018 power rankings: Brazil and Croatia lead the way

At the end of the group stage we rank the 32 teams at the World Cup in Russia, with Brazil top, England in 10th and Panama lastIt is hard to shake the feeling that Brazil are the best-balanced side at this World Cup. Neymar has pranced and preened, par…

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VAR: the World Cup verdict so far – some success but more clarity needed | Sachin Nakrani

The multiple controversies surrounding Iran v Portugal and Morocco v Spain showed that VAR can create as much argument as it resolves but in other areas it has worked wellSo here we go again, another discussion about VAR. It feels like a day hasn’t pas…

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World Cup 2018: Iran close to stunning Portugal but Quaresma goal enough for draw

A late penalty earned a draw for Iran against Portugal in a bad-tempered group decider in Saransk that was dominated by VAR decisions and saw Portugal go through to the knockout stages despite tense final minutes of the game. Related: Iran v Portugal: …

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World Cup 2018: Iran v Portugal – live!

World Cup Group B updates from the 7pm BST kick-offSuárez leads way for Uruguay to spoil 10-man Russia’s partyAny thoughts? You can email Simon or tweet @simon_burnton 5.18pm BST To start with, the bare facts: Iran need to win; Portugal must not lose. …