For years, Zeinab Sahafi disguised herself as a man to slip into soccer matches in Iran. But when the government finally opened stadiums to women, she was left out.

Zeinab Sahafi didn't want to be an activist.

All she ever wanted to be, she said, was a regular fan, another of the millions of soccer obsessives around the world who every week step into stadiums to scream and shout in support of their teams for 90 minutes, and then return and do it all over again at the next game.

Only Sahafi, 23, is Iranian, and a woman, and that

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