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Supporters | Women welcomed to Prince Abdullah al-Faisal

Posted By John Turnbull On 18 January 2006 @ 20:52 In Regions,Women's Football | No Comments

Jedda, Saudi Arabia | Following evening prayers, Saudi Arabia and Sweden played a friendly match tonight with historic implications: for the first time, and after pressure from Swedish authorities, women were allowed to attend. The normally rigid gender separation in public was relaxed a bit for female Swedish supporters. “They will be allowed to watch the game but they will not be allowed to mingle with the Saudi crowd [1],” said Saudi league director Faisal Abd al-Hadi. According to the author of Web log “Saudi Jeans,” Swedish authorities had been told that anyone, including Saudi women, would be welcome at Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium. “I really suspect this [2],” writes this blogger. “I’m afraid that Saudis told [the] Swedish embassy such [a] thing because they are sure no Saudi woman would dare to show up at the stadium.”

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[1] they will not be allowed to mingle with the Saudi crowd: http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/C083A07B-4A2C-47F8-A7A2-B233A030D165.htm

[2] I really suspect this: http://saudijeans.blogspot.com/2006/01/saudi-women-at-football-stadium.html

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