Iran, though, has been the focus of devotion since a female fan died earlier this month, after setting herself on fire to protest against her arrest for attending a match.
Soccer’s world governing body FIFA says it has been given guarantees by Iranian consultants that their World Cup finalist against Cambodia in Tehran on Oct. 10 will be open to women.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said his body did not have the authority to punish European teams who might play in countries that do not allow unhampered access to women.
He, however, stressed that there was wide support in his association for the approach and for not playing teams from those countries.
“We cannot punish anyone if they play (in these countries) because it is out of our prerogative but that doesn’t mean we should be quiet and say we can’t do anything and we (just) advance European football,” said the Slovene.
“Our advice to 55 associations and all the clubs… will be not to play there or with the teams from those countries where the basic rights of women are not respected.
“The councils of the clubs and the leagues approved with us”