Bayern Munich fans show support for Sardar Azmoun and Iran protesters
Bayer Leverkusen's Sardar Azmoun said he could not stay silent due to the crackdown against the protests in Iran
Munich: Bayern Munich fans on Friday waited for Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun to take the field for opponents Bayer Leverkusen to unveil banners supporting the protests taking place in Iran.
The fans revealed the banners in the 60th minute, when Azmoun – who has spoken out in favour of the protests online – came off the bench.
“Women. Life. Freedom. Solidarity with the Feminist Revolution in Iran!”
Sardar Azmoun played in the match for Bayer Leverkusen vs. Bayern Munich. pic.twitter.com/cO3EMwIaNT
— Persian Soccer (@prznsoccer) September 30, 2022
One banner read ‘women, life, freedom’ in Farsi – a common chant heard in the Iranian protests – while another, in English, read ‘solidarity with the feminist revolution in Iran’.
Earlier this week, Iranian football bloggers took screenshots of an Instagram post from Azmoun saying that because of “restrictive rules on the Team Melli (Iran), I could not say anything”.
But he added that he could not stay silent due to the crackdown against the protests.
“This will never be erased from our consciousness. Shame on you!” he wrote. The post was deleted and the entire content of the Instagram account, followed by some five million people, disappeared for days.
Amini was arrested for allegedly breaching Iran’s strict rules on religious clothing.
In multiple videos going viral on social media, locals in Iran can be seen celebrating the loss of their national football team against the US
22-year-old Mahsa Amini died following her arrest by the notorious unit that was tasked with enforcing the mandatory hijab law. Her death on 16 September sparked the ongoing nationwide protests in Iran that have challenged the Islamic regime's authority
Significantly, the day on which the Iranian minister blamed the West for orchestrating protests in Iran marks the 70th day of the uprising in the Islamic country. Violent protests have rocked Iran in the aftermath of Mahsa Amini’s death who was arrested for violating the country's rigid dress code