An Iranian soccer player protests and is sentenced to death

As revenge for protesting the execution of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian soccer player will be hanged.

Iran Wire reports that 26-year-old Amir Nasr-Azadani was arrested in November for questioning in the deaths of a police colonel and two volunteer militia members.

Also, Nasr-Azadani is being accused of “waging war against God.”

Amini’s death in custody was unexpected and occurred in the middle of September. She had been arrested for allegedly wearing a hijab improperly. Eyewitnesses report that Amini was beaten by Guidance Patrol, while the Iranian government says she died of a heart attack.

FIFPRO, the International Federation of Professional Footballers, expressed “shock and dismayed” at the verdict.

On Monday, FIFPRO tweeted, “FIFPRO is appalled and disturbed by allegations that professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani risks execution in Iran after pushing for women’s rights and fundamental freedom in his nation.

To show our support for Amir, we are calling for his sentence to be overturned immediately.

On Thursday, Iran carried out its first execution related to the protests, making Nasr-Azadani the 28th person to receive a death sentence. Within that group of 28, three are underage.

Saeid Ezatolahi’s friend was murdered earlier this month during a party to commemorate Iran’s first-round tournament loss to the United States. For the World Cup, Ezatolahi played for Iran.

Nasr-final Azadani’s professional season was 2017–18 in the Persian Gulf Pro League, where he played for Tractor Cultural Sports Economic Club.

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