Iran: footballers, including star Sardar Azmoun, support the revolt at the risk of being deprived of the World Cup
Author: Clark Tos
Several Iranian footballers support the demonstrators in their country, while speaking out in favor of the liberation of women, even if it means being excluded from their team.
While the Iran is currently facing an unprecedented wind of protest, following the death in detention of a 22-year-old young woman, the Iranian demonstrators have received unexpected weighty support.
Some national team footballers have spoken out in favor of the revolt and against the authorities, at the risk of losing their place for the next World Cup, played from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar.
By publicly supporting this movement protester severely repressed (at least 76 people would have been killed by the security forces), these players are indeed against the rules of the Iranian football federation and could be excluded from the 'Team melli', nickname of the Iran national team.
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Iranian footballers support revolt in their country, speaking out against women's oppression
Among these slingers is the star of the selection Sardar Azmoun, striker of Bayer Leverkusen in Germany, who did not hesitate to take up the cause for his angry compatriots.
« The ultimate [punishment] is to be expelled from the national team, which is a small price to pay for even a single lock of hair from an Iranian woman. It will never be erased from our consciousness. I'm not afraid of being ousted. Shame on you for killing the people so easily and long live the women of Iran. If they are Muslims, may God make me an infidel “Wrote the 27-year-old player in an Instagram story, since deleted.
Thread: Sardar Azmoun, an Iranian football player who plays for the Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen & #Iran 's national team, declares his support for #IranProtests2022 . He is the first player currently playing for the national team to do so. 1/3 #IranProtests pic.twitter.com/d7Ye184VaG— Reza H. Akbari (@rezahakbari) September 25, 2022
Like him, other Iranian footballers, such as Mehdi Taremi, Vahid Amiri or Karim Ansarifard, have decided to support the demonstrators while speaking out against the oppression of women. iranian .
As a reminder, the Iranian football team will start its World Cup on November 21 against England.
“Woman, Life, Freedom” #Iran #Mahsa_Amini pic.twitter.com/oKy4wV8LmJ— Farid Vahid (@FaridVahiid) September 26, 2022