Iranian footballer, Amir Nasr-Azadani, is currently facing execution for supporting women’s rights, the footballer is facing this because he supported women’s rights protests in Iran which is his country. The international players union (FIFPro) confirmed this in a statement on Monday, December 12.
Iranian Footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani face Execution for Supporting Women’s Right
Their football governing body released a statement saying: “FIFPRO is shocked and sickened by reports that professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani faces execution in Iran after campaigning for women’s rights and basic freedom in his country.” The statement also said: “We stand in solidarity with Amir and call for the immediate removal of his punishment.”
IranWire reports that the 26-year-old, who most recently played for Tractor in the Persian Gulf Pro League, has been accused of ‘moharebeh’, or ‘animosity with God’. They also said that the player’s family have been threatened repeatedly by the Iranian authorities.
Anti-government protests have been widespread in Iran since the death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, who was allegedly detained for failing to adhere to the country’s dress code for women. IranWire suggested that the Iranian government may be trying to frame Nasr-Azdani for the death of Colonel Esmaeil Cheraghi and two members of Basij, the government militia, during protests on 17 November.
It has been reported that the footballer’s part in the protests was limited to chanting and he was not near the place where the deaths happened.