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Women in Saudi Arabia attend football matches for first time

Women in Saudi Arabia attend football matches for first time

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has said he will pursue extradition for corruption suspects living overseas as part of a two-month-old crackdown that has already netted princes and tycoons.

Female football fans wearing scarves and waving flags took their seats at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah for Al-Ahli's match against Al-Batin in the Saudi Pro League.

Saudi women attend sports event for first time
Saudi Women Attend, Cheer at Live Soccer Match for the First Time

Female Fans of Jeddah's al-Ahli Football Club wore green scarves over their black abayas during the match against the eastern province team of al-Batin. Saudi Arabian women will finally be able to enter sport stadiums now and watch live matches along with their family and friends.

In a historic decision late past year, King Salman gave Saudi women the right to drive, abolishing an nearly three-decade ban based on religious reasons.

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It was a good win for us and we're looking forward to trying to come out again and try to do it again on Saturday". Despite all of this DeMar DeRozan managed only 13 points but he led all players with eights assists.

The move is part of an easing of restrictions on women initiated by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the conservative Muslim country.

Powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is believed to have championed lifting the ban as he is seeking to open up the country and revamp its global image. They were seated in the special "family section", with their male relatives, but segregated from the all-male crowd. It also seeks to get Saudi families to spend more of their money on entertainment at home instead of going overseas to have fun.

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Visibility could drop to 100 metres in some places bringing unsafe driving conditions and hindering flight take offs, he added. One forecaster warned that a "potent wintry blast" is on its way and could arrive in the United Kingdom "early next week".

Earlier on Friday, ahead of the football game, there was another small sign of change: the country's first auto showroom dedicated to female customers was opened. Previously, women caught inside a stadium were arrested.

The kingdom, which has some of the world's tightest restrictions on women, has long barred them from sports arenas through strict rules that keep the sexes apart in public.

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Ryan said in another instance, the surveillance allowed US officials to thwart a 2009 attempt to blow up New York's subway system. GOP leaders had spent weeks rounding up support and combating demands for changes from conservatives and libertarian lawmakers.

"Today, you brought happiness to every Saudi family and woman who attended the first game", Reema Bandar Al-Saud, a deputy at the General Sports Authority and part of the Saudi Royal family, told CNN.


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