In connection with the ongoing protests in Iran, former soccer professional Amir-Resa Nassr-Asadani is said to be on the judicial authority’s death list.
In connection with the protests in Iran that have been going on for almost three months, former soccer professional Amir-Resa Nassr-Asadani is said to be on the death list of the judicial authorities. Although this was denied by the state media on Tuesday, the 26-year-old was accused by a court of “waging war against God”. According to Islamic legal opinion, this charge carries a death sentence. Therefore, many Iranians on social media, including the two former Bundesliga professionals Ali Karimi and Mehdi Mahdavikia, fear that he will ultimately be executed.
Nassr-Asadani is believed to have been involved in the killing of a police officer and two security guards during a protest demonstration last month. According to former teammates, this accusation does not fit his character at all and is therefore baseless and absurd.
Nassr-Asadani played in various clubs in Iran’s first division and also made it into the U21 national team. He had to interrupt his active career two years ago due to a serious injury and is currently without a club. Like thousands of Iranians, he also took part in the recent system-critical protests and campaigned for women’s rights and democracy in the country.