NCRI - A French organization called for total boycott of Iranian regime’s football because of the regime carrying out executions in football stadiums. The request was sent to the International Football Federation (FIFA) and the FIFA’s secretary general has also supported the call.

According to state-run ISNA news agency, on January 12, French news site SOfoot wrote that FIFA has recently added an article (provision) to its statutes emphasizing on human rights according to which the organization will deal with countries that implement death penalty in sports stadiums.

The name of Iran regime is included in the FIFA’s report as a country that carries out death penalty in sport stadiums. In recent years, a number of executions by hanging have been carried out in sport stadiums in Iran. However, a death penalty carried out in the football stadium in Neyriz in Fars province (southern Iran) on September 22, 2016, was reported to FIFA.

In this regard, the human rights organization ECPM in France, protesting implementation of death penalties in sport stadiums in Iran, has sent a letter to Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA, to inform him about executions in sport (football) stadiums. The human rights organization particularly called on FIFA to boycott Iranian regime and remove the regime football from the international competitions.

Raphaël Chenuil-Hazan, director of ECPM, in his letter to FIFA’s president wrote: “FIFA cannot ignore this behaviour. If I was a player, I would not play (football) in a place where a human being is executed.”

Following the letter, FIFA has finally reacted to these events and Fatima Samoura, FIFA’s secretary general, in a letter responded: “…FIFA condemns any such action which by its nature fundamentally violates the dignity inherent to every human being. In this regard, I am committed to raise this topic in my future exchange with Iran Football Federation … We will prevent such actions through our programs….”

“According to Article 3 of our statues, FIFA is committed to respect internationally recognized human rights and promote protection of these rights. These commitment included efforts to prevent such actions that have adverse human rights impacts,” she added.


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