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Iranian footballer allegations of death sentence sicken FIFPRO.

Iranian footballer allegations of death sentence sicken FIFPRO.

Footballers are calling for an end to executions, while the Iranian judiciary has stated that no sentence has been given.

Despite an Iranian judiciary denial, the international football players' organisation FIFPRO has stated that it is "sickened" by allegations that an Iranian footballer has been given a death sentence.

The federation tweeted that it was "shocked and horrified" by allegations that Iranian authorities are planning to execute professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani for advocating for women's rights and fundamental freedom in his nation.

The warning was issued in response to rumors from foreign-based news organizations that the 26-year-old Iranian league football player would be facing execution because of the deaths of multiple security officials during turmoil in the midst of the nation's ongoing demonstrations.

But Nasr Azadani has not been given the death penalty, according to a senior judge.

An indictment charging "accessory to moharebeh" has been communicated to Asadollah Jafari, the judicial chief of Isfahan, where the footballer was detained, but a punishment is pending additional inquiry by a Revolutionary Court.

The crime of "waging war against God," also known as moharebeh, carries a death sentence.

A preliminary sentence can be appealed at the Supreme Court when it is handed down.

Jafari claims that the footballer was detained on November 16, two days after three security personnel were killed.

Nasr Azadani is one of nine suspects, according to the official, and surveillance video allegedly shows he was a part of a "armed cell that acted in a networked and organized manner with the objective to fight the base of the Islamic Republic establishment."

Numerous well-known current and past players offered support and demanded an end to executions after news of Nasr Azadani's likely death sentence surfaced.

FIFPRO ‘sickened’ by Iranian footballer death sentence reports

Football players that joined such calls on social media including Masoud Shojaei, a former captain of Team Melli, and current national team goalie Alireza Beiranvand.

Following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was detained by Iran's morality police for allegedly failing to adhere to a mandatory dress code for women and was later executed, the country has so far executed at least two people who were detained during unrest associated with the protests that got underway in mid-September.

Rights organizations have issued a warning that more killings may occur soon.

The judiciary released pictures of Majidreza Rahnavard being hanged from a crane as a throng looked on on Monday. Rahnavard was publicly punished for the murder of two security personnel in Mashhad.

Rahnavard and Mohsen Shekari, who had been hanged just days earlier, had both been found guilty of the crime of moharebeh, and the Supreme Court had upheld their respective sentences.

Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, the head of the judiciary, defended the judiciary's activities after Rahnavard's execution on Monday and said judges should not pay attention to the criticism.

In a conference with fellow judicial officials, he stated, "We must do our work while considering the law and considering God as our witness, and not in the least be concerned with the criticism of those who reproach."

Rahnavard's death, according to Amnesty International, demonstrates that the Iranian court is a "weapon of repression" that "sends people to the gallows to sow fear and wreak revenge on protestors daring to challenge the status quo."

In response to Tehran's handling of the protests and its delivery of drones to Russia, the European Union placed further sanctions on Tehran on Monday.

As a result of their backing for the protests, Tehran had earlier that day banned further EU and UK officials.

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