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Volume 10 No. 22
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Saudi Football Federation Head 'In Favour' Of Granting Women Stadium Access

Saudi Arabia Football Federation CEO Ahmed Eid said that he "was in favour" of allowing women into football stadiums in the near future, according to MIDDLE EAST ONLINE. Eid said such access could be granted "soon," raising the possibility that 15% of the under-construction King Abdullah stadium in Jeddah "could be made into family boxes, where women could watch matches." The stadium is "due to be finished next year." However, the subject "immediately triggered a wide-ranging debate in the Saudi media, with unfavourable opinion forcing the official to issue a clarification that he was merely expressing a personal opinion" (MIDDLE EAST ONLINE, 5/21).