Footballers from the Iranian national team protested violence in their country ahead of a friendly match against Senegal. The players entered the Austrian field in all-black jackets over their match shirts, so the national association logo was not visible during the national anthem. As such, footballers have expressed dissatisfaction with the often harsh manner in which Iran’s religious police act against demonstrations in the country.
These protests occurred after Masa Amini’s death. The 22-year-old died earlier this month after being arrested for violating a strict dress code.
Iran has been reeling since Amini’s death was announced on September 16, leaving at least 41 people dead. At the demonstration he was arrested by more than 1,200 people.
Sardar Azmon, one of the key players in the Iranian national team and German club Bayer Leverkusen, recently posted on Instagram to express his support for Iranian protesters and women.
“This could get me kicked out of the national team, but it’s a small price I have to pay,” said the striker.
Azmon signed the equalizer in a friendly against Senegal after the African champions took the lead with an own goal.
Asmon’s employer, Bayer Leverkusen, issued a statement on Twitter in support of the 27-year-old striker. Director Simon Rolfes said: “Of course, I support Sardar’s solidarity with Iranian women.