By: Iran Probe staff
14 Jan 2017
The Al Arabiya Website reports that the ECPM human rights organizations in France called for sanctions imposed on Iran’s football activities for publicly executing a man in Neyreez Stadium of Fars Province (south-central Iran). This request has been sent to FIFA and the Secretary General of this organization has backed this measure.
FIFA has recently added an article to its charter emphasizing the subject of human rights and seeking to take action against countries practicing public executions in sports stadiums, according to the French SOfoot website.
Iran has been designated in a FIFA report as a state practicing such measures.
Neyreez Stadium of Fars Province in Iran was the scene of a public execution on September 22nd, 2016. A report was sent to FIFA in this regard.
As a result, the ECPM human rights organization in France protested this measure in a letter to FIFA President Gianni Infantino requesting this organization to sanction the Iranian national football team from all international competitions.
“FIFA cannot say it neglects such measures. If I were a player, I would not play where a human being was executed,” said ECPM Director Raphael Chenuil-Hazan.
This French organization has also contacted a Japanese cranes manufacturer. This company filed a request to Iran to refrain from using cranes manufactured by this company in such measures.
The ECPM made another request stating if FIFA fails to take serious action against Iran, foreign player should refuse to sign contracts with Iranian football teams, or foreign teams should refrain from playing against Iranian teams.
In response, FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura said in a letter, “FIFA condemns these measures. I intend to discuss this matter in the future with Iran, and through our programs we will prevent such measures. Article 3 of the charter provides FIFA the authority to take action against these measures.”