Barisal News Desk: Iranian authorities have blamed a “technical glitch” after female football fans were given hope that they could watch the men’s national team.

It seemed the ban on women attending men’s football matches had been lifted on Saturday, when an option for women’s tickets for a World Cup qualifier against Syria appeared online.

A number of women bought tickets, expressing their surprise and joy.

But Iran’s football federation later said the tickets were sold by mistake.

Women are allowed into segregated sections in stadiums to watch men play certain sports, including volleyball, basketball, handball and tennis.

But they are not permitted to watch men’s football, swimming or wrestling.