Sahar Khodayari Bio
Sahar Khodayari died at a hospital in Tehran on Monday, according to the semi-official news agency Shafaghna. She was known as the “Blue Girl” on social media after the colors of her favorite Iranian soccer team, Esteghlal.
What a horrible tragedy ? @FIFAcom and any other organization that’s in a position of privilege and power, you need to act to make this stop! RIP #SaharKhodayari https://t.co/DPj4W92PQ5 pic.twitter.com/mXmfaDxwAv
— Magdalena Eriksson (@MagdaEricsson) September 10, 2019
Sahar Khodayari Age
She was 29/30 years old.
Sahar Khodayari Education
— Hedvig Lindahl (@hedvig_lindahl) September 10, 2019
There were reports Khodayari, a computer sciences graduate, had attempted to take her life once before, while in university.
Sahar Khodayari Arrested
Sahar was arrested trying to sneak into a football match dressed as a man back in March, before setting herself alight outside this courtroom last week when she learned she could be jailed for six months.
Hey @FIFAcom — Today, Iranian woman Sahar Khodayari, 30, died from setting herself on fire after she received a 6 month jail term for sneaking into a stadium.
We call on all Iranian men to boycott stadiums.We call on football players not to play in honor of Sahar’s memory.
— Masih Alinejad ?️ (@AlinejadMasih) September 9, 2019
Sahar was first arrested in March this year at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium while trying to attend a match between her favorite team Esteghlal and Al Ain, a team from the United Arab Emirates.
Sahar Khodayari Set Herself on Fire
29-year-old Sahar Khodayari was caught trying to sneak into an Iranian stadium to watch her favorite soccer team. She had disguised herself as a man.
Sahar Khodayari suffered burns to 90 percent of her body after setting light to herself outside a court in Tehran last week when she learned that she may have to go to jail for trying to attend a men’s football match back in March.
She was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries in the early hours of Monday, according to local media.
Sahar Khodayari Death
An Iranian girl, Sahar Khodayari, was arrested and convicted for attending a football stadium and watching the game.
She set herself on fire in protest and died. Heartbreaking. Iranian women have no future under the regime. Let’s be their voice! ? #دختر_آبی pic.twitter.com/EiF67kLvUH
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) September 10, 2019
She set herself on fire last week, reportedly after learning she may be imprisoned for trying to enter Tehran’s Azadi (freedom) stadium, in March, to watch an Esteghlal match. She was reportedly posing as a man and was wearing a blue hairpiece and a long overcoat when the police stopped her.
She spent three nights in jail before being released, pending the court case.
The former Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi, who played 127 matches for Iran and has been a vocal advocate of ending the ban on women, urged Iranians in a tweet to boycott soccer stadiums in protest at Khodayari’s death.
The Iranian-Armenian soccer player Andranik “Ando” Teymourian, the first Christian to be the captain of Iran’s national squad and an Esteghlal player, said in a tweet that one of Tehran’s major soccer stadiums would be named after Khodayari “ in the future”.
Sahar Khodayari Charges
She was charged with ‘improperly wearing a hijab’ and insulting police, and appeared in court early last week when she learned of the potential sentence.
Hong Kong fans shout “Fight for freedom, stand with Iran” as Iran fans protest the ban on women at Iranian football stadiums and death of “Blue Girl” Sahar Khodayari pic.twitter.com/t2YiHgAoD2
— Jonathan White (@jmawhite) September 10, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Sahar Khodayari, 29, was threatened with six months in jail last week for trying to sneak into a football match in Iran
- She set herself on fire outside the court and suffered 90 percent burns to her body
- Sahar was rushed to hospital but died several days later from her wounds
- Her picture emerged as activists call for an end to ban on women attending games