Iran National Team Supports Mahsa Amini Protests
After the killing of Mahsa Amini by the morality police in Iran, as the protests around the country and the world increased violence, a move came from the Iran National Football Team to show its solidarity with the protesters. Before the match, which ended 1-1, Iranian football players joined arms and did not take off their black aprons during the ceremony and covered the jersey and emblem.
Iran National Team faced Senegal in the last friendly match before the World Cup. Iranian football players covered the national team’s jersey and emblem during the national anthem. After the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini by the police in Iran, various protest demonstrations began across the country and around the world.
They Closed The Form
The Iranian Football Federation wanted the match to be played against Senegal to be played without spectators in Austria in order to reduce the severity of the reactions. According to the spokesperson’s report, the Iranian football players, who went arm in arm before the match ended 1-1, did not remove their black aprons during the ceremony and closed the jersey and emblem. Despite all precautions, protesters seeking justice gathered outside the stadium to make their voices heard to the world.
Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun, who played in Bayer Leverkusen, reacted to what happened on social media on Sunday with the following statements; “At worst, I’ll be kicked out of the national team. It’s okay. I’ll sacrifice that for the hair of Iranian women. This story will not be erased. They can do whatever they want. They should be ashamed to kill. It’s easy. Long live Iranian women.”
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Azmoun, who later deleted this post and shared a message with less harsh expressions, darkened his profile photo on social media as a sign of solidarity. Azmoun, who shared another post after the Senegal match, apologized for the comments made by others after his first post, causing the peace in the team to break down.