The international football players’ union FIFPRO has said that it is “sickened” by reports that an Iranian footballer has been sentenced to execution, despite a denial from the Iranian judiciary.

“FIFPRO is shocked and sickened by reports that professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani faces execution in Iran after campaigning for women’s rights and basic freedom in his country,”

The call comes after reports from foreign-based news outlets that the 26-year-old Iranian league footballer could be at risk of execution

in connection with the death of several security officers during unrest amid the country’s continuing protests.

But a senior judiciary official has denied that Nasr Azadani has received a death sentence. After a preliminary sentence is issued, it can be appealed at the Supreme Court.

According to Jafari, the footballer was arrested on November 16, two days after three members of the security forces were killed.

After reports of Nasr Azadani’s potential execution sentence emerged, a number of prominent current and former footballers expressed solidarity and called for executions to end.

Iran has so far executed at least two people arrested during unrest linked with the protests that began in mid-September, after the death of Mahsa Amini, 22,