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Saudi girl detained after illegally attending soccer game
December 15, 2014, 9:19 am

A Saudi girl who illegally attended a soccer match by disguising herself in men’s clothing has been arrested.

The girl, who also covered her head with the hood of a jumper, had been sitting in Jawhara stadium in Makkah watching a game between Al Etihad and Al Shabab clubs for “some time” on Friday before security spotted her, Makkah Region Police spokesman Lt Col Ati Al Qurashi was quoted as saying by Saudi Gazette.

She had purchased her ticket online.

Women are banned from entering stadiums in Saudi Arabia, a conservative Islamic state.

The kingdom was recently forced to lift the ban for foreign women during the Asian Champions League, in which Western Sydney beat Al Hilal.

Similar rules apply in Iran, where a 25-year-old British-Iranian woman was recently jailed after trying to watch a volleyball match.

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