Footballer Union’s ‘Sickened” Iranian Player Faces Death Sentence

After allegedly participating in an “armed revolt” in which three security officers were killed, Nasr Azadani was arrested by the Isfahan police two days later.

FIFPRO, the international union of professional footballers, stated that it was “shocked by the prospect of Iranian footballer Amir Nasr Azadani being executed in connection with the protests that have shaken Iran for three consecutive months.” Nasr-Azadani, allegedly involved in an “armed rebellion” in which three security officers were killed on September 16th, was arrested in Isfahan. The statement of Abdullah Jafari, Iran’s judiciary chief, was quoted Sunday by Iran’s ISNA news agency.

Jafari claimed that Jafari, 26, was accused of “rebellion,” membership in illegal bands, collusion with security, and therefore aiding in moharabeh” (or “enmity to God”), which is a capital offense in the Islamic republic.

“FIFPRO is shocked, sickened by reports Amir Nasr Azadani, a professional Iranian footballer, will be executed in Iran. He campaigned for women’s rights in Iran,” the union said on Monday.

“We stand with Amir and ask for his immediate release from prison.”

This alarm follows a worldwide outcry after the execution by Iran in recent days of two young protestors.

Nasr-Azadani started his football career at the Under-16 level for Iran’s national team.

The defender was briefly a Tractor SC player under John Toshack and is now at FC Iranjavan Bushehr.

Ali Karimi, an Iranian former international star and strong supporter, tweeted in support of the footballer, “Do Not Execute Amir.”

The Iranian national soccer team was present at the World Cup in Qatar. In protest, they refused to sing the national anthem against England in their first match.

However, they sang the anthem for the matches against Wales and USA.

Iran is currently facing protests after Mahsa, an Iranian Kurd aged 22, was killed in a car accident on September 16. Morality officers arrested her for violating the Islamic republic’s strict dress codes for women.

Amnesty International has confirmed that 11 people were executed for their protests. Nine others, including Nasr Azadani, are at risk of being executed.

Iran describes the protests as “riots” and claims they were encouraged by foreign foes.

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Voria, an ex-international star, and activist, was arrested in Iran last Month after he supported protests.

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