A global professional football federation has said it is sickened by reports a footballer in Iran faces execution for participating in the nationwide protests.
FIFPro, the international federation of professional footballers, said on Tuesday it was “shocked and sickened” by reports professional player Amir Nasr-Azadani, 26, faces execution in Iran “after campaigning for women’s rights and basic freedom in his country”.
The Netherlands-based body said it stands in solidarity with Mr Nasr-Azadani and calls for the death sentence to be immediately repealed.
The footballer, who played in Iran’s premier league and for the national youth team, was arrested in November over the death of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander.
Footage shared by state TV showed the forced confessions of Mr Nasr-Azadani and two others over the murder of the security officer, said IranWire, which reported he had briefly participated in protests and chanted anti-government slogans.