Freelance photographer Magi Haroun has become the first woman ever to get Premier League accreditation.
Haroun, who is based in Manchester, said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s absolutely fantastic news.
sometimes see women working the big football matches for agencies or on
behalf of newspapers but I am the first to be granted accreditation to
work on my own.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I have been taking photographs of sporting
events for 25 years and have been a press photographer for 20 years and
this is a real achievement.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rare for a woman to have accreditation.
really thrilled. I remember when Aston Villa didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t even have a ladiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢
loo in the press room. All the guys had to clear out so that I could
go.Ã¢â‚¬? Haroun studied photography at Manchester Art College and was given
her first break by her father, who was on the Old Trafford board.
had a camera and a degree in photography and he asked me to take some
pictures at the ground. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Some of the things I saw you just wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t
believe.Ã¢â‚¬? After running an advertising company, in 1989 she moved to
London and worked as a freelance photographer for the Today newspaper.
While she was there, she photographed hundreds of top-level sports events including Arsenal and Crystal Palace matches.