What's happening in sport? Five things to know

What's happening in sport? Five things to know

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Wearing scarves and waving flags, female football fans watched Al-Ahli versus Al-Batin at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah, a city in the west of the country.

The female football fans had to enter the stadium through designated turnstiles for women and families, and watched the match in sections made available specifically for women not accompanied by a male family member.

Unaccompanied adult women are now permitted to enter stadiums in the three major cities of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam.

It’s been reported that the rest of the country’s football grounds will be ready for female fans by the beginning of next season. Stadiums will also have separate cafe and prayer rooms for women.

Court controversy in Melbourne

Tennis legend Billie Jean King speaks to media during a press conference ahead of the 2018 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 12, 2018.

Elsewhere, the row that threatens to overshadow the Australian Open tennis tournament has taken a further twist.

Following previous uproar over former champion Margaret Court’s controversial comments on homosexuality, US tennis legend Billie Jean King has joined calls for the Margaret Court Arena at Aussie Open venue Melbourne Park to be renamed.

King, who won 12 grand slam singles titles and faced 11-time Australian Open champion Court in the 1969 Aussie Open final, told reporters in Melbourne the name of the court should be reconsidered.

“I was fine until she said lately so many derogatory things about my community. I’m a gay woman … that really went deep in my heart and soul,” said former world No. 1 King.

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