Iranian Who Set Herself on Fire for Sneaking Into Football Game Dies

Iranian Who Set Herself on Fire for Sneaking Into Football Game Dies

An Iranian women’s rights activist who set herself on fire outside court to protest a six month jail sentence for trying to attend a football match has died of her wounds.

Sahar Khodayari, 30, suffered burns to 90 per cent of her body after setting light to herself outside a court in Tehran last week when she learned that she may have to go to jail.

She was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries in the early hours of Monday, according to local media.

Iranian women have been banned from attending men’s football matches in the country since the Islamic revolution in 1979.

Sahar was first arrested in March this year at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium while trying to attend a match between her favourite team Esteghlal and Al Ain, from the United Arab Emirates.

She had tried to sneak into the stadium dressed as a man, her sister previously told Iranian media, but admitted she was a woman when security tried to search her.

Sahar was arrested and taken to jail before being released. She appeared in court early last week when she learned of the potential sentence.

She then set herself alight outside the court. No sentence had been passed.

The case garnered national attention with Sahar dubbed ‘Blue Girl’ on social media in reference to the colour of her team’s kit.

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