Shakira introduces the Iranian soccer player on death row amid the World Cup final

As soccer fans around the world watched Sunday’s World Cup final between Argentina and France, Shakira took to her social media platform to shine a spotlight on an Iranian soccer player on death row.

Amir Nasr-Azadani, 26, is said to be at risk of execution after taking part in a pro-women’s rights demonstration in Iran. The protest, which took place on September 16 and left three security officers dead, was condemned by the country’s government as an “armed insurrection,” according to the Deadspin blog.

The singer urged her fans to remember Nasr-Azadani’s plight in a Sunday morning tweet.

“Today at the World Cup final, I just hope the players on the field and the whole world remember that a man and fellow footballer named Amir Nasr is on death row just for speaking out for women’s rights,” she wrote .

The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer added in a follow-up tweet, “I hope there’s more than a minute of stillness in our hearts to remind us what’s important and more than one Voice that cries out united for what is just.”

Argentina took home the World Cup prize on penalties in Sunday’s game against France. The latter country had previously won the championship four years ago.

Meanwhile, authorities arrested Nasr-Azadani in November, the authorities said New York Post. The Iranian soccer player is also facing charges of “waging war against God” and is reportedly set to be hanged for protesting the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was beaten by morality police after she was charged with of an alleged hijab had been arrested. bear injury.

The potential execution of Nasr-Azadani did not go down well with his peers. FIFPRO, the global professional football players’ union, has blasted reports of the news in a tweet last Monday.

“FIFPRO is shocked and disgusted by reports that professional footballer Amir Nasr-Azadani is facing execution in Iran after campaigning for women’s rights and fundamental freedoms in his country,” the organization wrote. “We stand in solidarity with Amir and call for his punishment to be lifted immediately.”

Shakira, Amir Nasr-Azadani, Iran, World Cup
Singer Shakira can be seen at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 25. Inset, Iranian soccer player Amir Nasr-Azadani. As soccer fans around the world watched Sunday’s World Cup final between Argentina and France, Shakira took to her social media platform to shine the spotlight on the Iranian soccer player on death row.
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Shakira is a three-time Grammy winner, but the star is struggling with some legal troubles of her own. news week reported in September that the Colombian-born singer was on trial in Spain over tax evasion allegations.

According to Spanish authorities, Shakira, whose full name is Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, failed to pay around 14.5 million euros (almost $15.4 million) in taxes between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors have urged that she serve a little over eight years behind bars, in addition to a million-dollar fine.

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Rick Schindler

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