Iranian soccer federation says gamers who protested throughout worldwide match will probably be ‘handled’


Iran’s soccer authorities have vowed to cope with seaside soccer gamers who confirmed solidarity with Iranian protesters throughout a global match this week.

Iran received the Emirates Intercontinental Seaside Soccer Cup on Sunday, beating Brazil within the remaining after Saeed Piramoon scored the successful objective.

After scoring, Piramoon imitated chopping his hair – a transfer signaling help for nationwide protests within the nation by calling for higher freedoms for girls.

It follows the dying of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old lady who died in police custody after her arrest for allegedly carrying her hijab improperly.

Earlier than the ultimate recreation began, the Iranian gamers had been seen not singing because the nation’s nationwide anthem was performed.

“People who have not followed professional and sports ethics … will be dealt with according to the regulations,” an announcement printed by Iran’s Soccer Federation stated.

“As per regulations of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Olympic Code of Ethics and the rules of FIFA, political behavior must be avoided in sports fields,” the assertion stated.

A video printed on BBC Persian allegedly confirmed journalists blocked from talking to the nationwide staff after they arrived again on the Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran. CNN couldn’t confirm the video.

Final month, Elnaz Rekabi, 33, competed with no hijab through the Worldwide Federation of Sport Climbing’s Asian Championships in Seoul. Movies of her carrying a headscarf together with her hair in a ponytail whereas competing unfold on social media.

Rekabi herself has urged – each on her Instagram account and in interviews with state media IRNA – that she had solely “accidentally” competed with out her hijab, which Iran mandates should be worn by girls representing the nation overseas. Nonetheless, it’s unclear whether or not Rekabi’s feedback had been made beneath duress.

Handball participant Sajjad Esteki, the ladies’s rugby captain Fereshteh Sarani, fencer Mojtaba Abedini Shourmasti and taekwondo star Mahsa Sadeghi, in the meantime, have all stop their nationwide groups in protest in opposition to Iran’s authorities, and the well-respected former wrestler and Olympic gold medal winner Rasoul Khadem has voiced his help for all of the athletes who’ve taken motion.