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Sardar Azmoun .. The Bayern Leverkusen player who faced the Iranian regime

by archyde

Through his clear support for the protest movements in his country, the star of the Iranian national football team, Sardar Azmoun, defied the regime in his country and will be under the spotlight on Tuesday in the match of his German team Bayer Leverkusen against its Portuguese host, Porto, in the third round of the group stage of the European Champions League.

Wearing a black jacket without a logo that hides the shirt of the Iranian team, Azmoun stood at the time of the playing of the national anthem during the international friendly match between his country and Senegal, and then broadcast several messages on his account on Instagram, including one that was deleted, to denounce the suppression of the protest movement in Iran… The demonstrators were found in Sardar in Azmoun conveying their voices to the international community.

The protest movement erupted in Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman, on September 16, three days after she was arrested for violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code that specifically obliges women to wear the headscarf.

Since then, at least 92 people have been killed across the country, according to the Oslo-based organization Human Rights in Iran, in a crackdown on the largest anti-government protests since 2019.

“This cannot be erased from our conscience. Shame on you,” Azmoun wrote ten days ago in an Instagram post that he later deleted. His account, which is followed by nearly five million people, could not be accessed for several days, before it was restored.

Azmoun, who scored the equalizer against Senegal in the friendly match in Austria (1-1), managed to re-post a new message accompanied by a photo of the women’s volleyball team he supports in his hometown of Knabad Qaboos.

Facing his compatriot Tarmi

“My heart is really broken for Mahsa Amini and innocents like Mahsa Amini,” Azmoun said. “They left a pain in the heart of the nation that history will never forget.”

And the two, in a post still on his Instagram account where he posted a black black photo, expressed his support for students at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, where violent clashes erupted between students and security forces on Sunday evening.

The aura of the star Azmoun, nicknamed “Iranian Messi”, exceeds “Tim Melli”, which is the title of the Iranian national team. His messages resonated in the world of football.

Friday, he was just a reserve player in the match Bayer Leverkusen lost to its host Bayern Munich (0-4) in the opening of the eighth stage of the league, as is often the case for several weeks.

At the Allianz Arena in Munich, filled with 75,000 spectators, Bavarian club supporters in the southern stand took advantage of the meeting to spread two banners: one in Persian bearing the slogan of the protesters in Iran “Woman, Life, Freedom,” and the second in English entitled “Solidarity with the Women’s Revolution in Iran.” Iran”.

“He is a huge example of all his commitment and behaviour. It is now up to us to embrace and support him in this difficult situation,” said his Swiss coach Gerardo Siwan.

On Tuesday evening, at the “Dragao” stadium in Porto, Azmoun will face his compatriot and fellow Iranian national Mehdi Taremi, Porto’s top scorer, who left his place for Azmoun in the friendly match against Senegal a week ago.

Tarmi, who contributed to the big win over Sporting Braga 4-1 on Friday in the Portuguese League, in turn gave his support to the demonstrators and did not celebrate his team’s goals. “I couldn’t, out of respect for my people,” he said. “I’m here for them too.”

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