Football corps ‘disgusted’ by reports of Iranian footballer’s death sentence


The international footballers’ union FIFPRO has said it is “disgusted” by reports that Iranian footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani has been sentenced to execution.

“FIFPRO is shocked and disgusted by reports that professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani faces execution in Iran after campaigning for women’s rights and basic freedoms in his country,” the federation said in a tweet. , asking for the removal of his punishment.

Western media have reported that the 26-year-old Iranian league footballer may be at risk of execution in connection with the deaths of several security officers during ongoing protests in the country.

Meanwhile, a senior judicial official has denied that Nasr Azadani has received a death sentence, Al Jazeera reported.

Asadollah Jafari, the chief justice of Isfahan, where the footballer was arrested, said on Sunday that he had been indicted on the charge of “moharebeh’s accomplice” but that the verdict was pending further investigation by a court. Revolutionary.

The soccer player was arrested on November 16, two days after three members of the security forces were killed.

According to Jafari, Nasr Azadani is one of the nine suspects. The judicial chief stated that the images from the security camera show that he was a member of an “armed group that operated in a network and in an organized manner with the intention of fighting against the establishment base of the Islamic Republic.”

Alireza Beiranvand, the current goalkeeper for the Iran national soccer team, and former Melli team captain Masoud Shojaei were among the footballers who used their social media platforms to express their shock at the report.

Iran has so far executed two people detained during protests that began in mid-September, following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the country’s morality police for allegedly failing to comply with a mandatory dress code for women.


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