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Saudi Arabia Allows Women Inside Football Stadium For First Time

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 01 / 15 / 18

Saudi women "attended a football match in Saudi Arabia for the first time," as part of reforms "spearheaded" by the kingdom’s crown prince, according to Kareem Shaheen of the London GUARDIAN. Female football fans wearing scarves and waving flags took their seats at the King Abdullah Sports Cit...

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