RIAD.- A group of womenSaudi Arabia he witnessed today for the first time in history a football game after the authorities authorized the conservative kingdom last Monday attendance as spectators.

Some 10,000 seats were allocated to women and families in the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the coastal city of Jeddah for the Primera Division match Al Ahli won 5-0 to Al Batin, one of the three meetings authorized the entry of women in this month.

An unusual presence in stadiums
An unusual presence in stadiums. Photo: AFP

At least 1,200 tickets had already been sold before the game, Okaz Saudi daily said. "We expect the number to grow hours before the meeting," said Adel Kabli, operations manager of the company Makani online ticketing.

Before the meeting could see women wearing green scarves or white depending on the color of their respective teams, according to the images published by Okaz on his Twitter account. also he saw women enter the stadium accompanied by their children near the entrance signs indicating family.

Rows of income for the women's sector
Rows of income for the women's sector. Photo: AFP

Both teams sold their equipment female shirts with discount prices, Saudi media said.

Women may also attend two other parties: morning in the capital Riyadh, and next Thursday in the city of Dammam, east of the country.

Football is the most popular sport in Saudi Arabia, whose national team qualified for the World Cup to be held in Russia from June 14 this year.

In October, the highest authority of the Saudi sport announced that three stadiums will be equipped to allow access for families and not just men.

Crown Prince Salman ben Mohammed, 32, said he wants the kingdom to tip over into a more moderate Islam and reduce the influence of powerful religious authorities.

In September last year, the kingdom announced that it will allow women to obtain a driver's license, in a sharp turn that breaks a longstanding ban in the ultraconservative nation.


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