Iran’s football federation says players who protested at the international tournament will be “accounted for”.


Iranian soccer authorities have vowed to crack down on beach soccer players who showed solidarity with Iranian protesters at an international tournament this week.

Iran won the Emirates Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup on Sunday, beating Brazil in the final after Saeed Piramoon scored the winning goal.

After the goal, Piramoon mimicked cutting her hair – a sign of support for nationwide protests in the country calling for greater freedoms for women.

This follows the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody after being arrested for improperly wearing a hijab.

Before the start of the last game, Iran’s players were not seen singing while the national anthem was being played.

“People who have not followed professional ethics and sporting ethics… will be dealt with according to the regulations,” the Iranian Football Federation said in a statement.

“According to the rules of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Olympic Code of Ethics and FIFA, political behavior must be avoided in sports arenas,” the statement said.

A video published by BBC Persia showed journalists who were allegedly blocked from speaking to the national team when they returned to Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran. CNN was unable to verify the video.

Last month, Elnaz Rekabi, 33, competed without a hijab at the International Sport Climbing Federation Asian Championships in Seoul. It has gone viral on social media while she was competing wearing a headband with her hair in a ponytail.

Rekabi herself has suggested – both on her Instagram account and in interviews with state media IRNA – that she only “reluctantly” competed without her hijab, which Iran mandates that women representing the country must wear abroad. However, it is unclear whether Rekabi’s comments were made under duress.

Meanwhile, handball player Sajjad Esteki, women’s rugby captain Fereshteh Sarani, fencer Mojtaba Abedini Shourmasti and taekwondo star Mahsa Sadeghi have quit their national teams in protest against the Iranian government, and former wrestler and Olympic gold medalist Rasoul Khadem. expressed his support to all the athletes who have taken measures.