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A football match and Cambodia's code of conduct for women

The presence of thousands of Iranian women at the Cambodia-Iran World Cup 2022 qualifier in Teheran, for the first time, is an opportunity to reflect on the status of women in Phnom Penh and South-east Asia.

Oct 10 was a landmark night for the disparate nations of Cambodia and Iran. Facing off in Teheran for their World Cup 2022 qualifier, Iran inflicted the Cambodian national team's heaviest ever defeat as 14-0 winners.

But despite the game being a foregone conclusion between Asia's highest-ranked side and minnows Cambodia, this innocuous match up was covered by major news outlets worldwide, carrying a significance that reverberated internationally.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 20, 2019, with the headline 'A football match and Cambodia's code of conduct for women'. Print Edition | Subscribe