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Iran captain to miss Asian Cup as husband confiscates passport

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Published on September 18, 2015 with No Comments

The captain of the Iranian women’s soccer team will miss the Asian Cup tournament as her husband has confiscated her passport in a domestic quarrel, local media has reported.

The dispute between 30-year-old midfielder Niloufar Ardalan and her husband, sports journalist Mahdi Toutounchi, touches on the rights of women in the Islamic Republic. Under Iranian law, husbands can stop their wives from travelling outside of the country. News of Ardalan missing the tournament camewhen Iranian media reported that Ardalan wouldn’t be traveling to Malaysia for the Asian Cup. Ardalan’s husband reportedly wanted her to be home for their son’s first day of school.

In an Instagram post Ardalan said foreign media was exaggerating her case, but also acknowledged she would be missing the tournament. She also made a call for Iran to change its laws governing married women’s travel.“I am only a national soldier who fights to raise flag of our country,“ she wrote. “I wish a law would be approved that allows female soldiers to fight for raising the flag.“The dilemma of Ardalan, known by the nickname “Lady Goal,“ has sparked social media chatter across Iran, with many demanding she be allowed to travel and play.


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