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Saudi women watch football in stadium

MNA Sports Desk: Saudi women have been allowed into a sports stadium for the first time to watch a football match between two local teams.

However, they were segregated in the stands from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section”.

The move was the first of Saudi Arabia’s social reforms planned for this year to ease restrictions on women, spearheaded by the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince.

The kingdom has also announced that, starting in June, women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world’s only ban on female drivers.

As the two teams al-Ahli and al-Batin faced each other in the city of Jeddah, women showed up to their first public sporting event in the Kingdom to support the sides with their spouses, children and friends.

The General Sports Authority announced in October that stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh will be set up to accommodate families starting in 2018.

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