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Iranian football legend asks to receive 74 lashes for ‘spreading unrest’ in national stadium

Hassan Rowshan

Herald Publicist - A massively fashionable Iranian footballer who skilled at Aston Villa has requested the nation’s judiciary to hold out his punishment of 74 lashes in a nationwide stadium in a symbolic gesture of defiance, after being discovered responsible of “spreading lies and inflicting public unrest”.

Hassan Rowshan, a soccer coach for the Esteghlal crew who previously performed for the Iranian nationwide crew, had claimed in an interview that his membership’s academy was “more interested in making money from rich families and did not produce any professional players”.

Two of the membership’s administrators sued Rowshan for libel and he’s believed to have offered inadequate proof to defend himself towards the costs in court docket. 

Rowshan, a family title in Iran, was sentenced on Wednesday to a superb of 10 million Rials (£195) and 74 lashes, which he has requested to be given within the 25,000-capacity stadium. 

“I have no money to pay and would happily go to receive the lashes. But I ask the authorities to carry out the lashing in Amjadiya stadium in Tehran,” he stated. “I thank Allah for this verdict and obey the court’s ruling.”

Hassan Rowshan has been accused of “spreading lies and inflicting public unrest” 

Mahmood Sarabi, who performed alongside Rowshan and is presently the coach of Pars soccer membership, the youth Iranian soccer crew in north London, says the selection of stadium is a symbolic one.

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“All of the glories of Iranian soccer each on home and worldwide phases have been achieved at Amjadiya and Hassan Rowshan has been an inseparable a part of these glories. 

“By challenging the authorities to lash him at the national stadium he is implying that they are lashing the country’s football and its pride history”, Sarabi advised the Telegraph.

It is believed to be unlikely that the lashes might be administered in any respect, as it might trigger a nationwide outcry. 

Rowshan made his debut on this planet of Iran’s soccer on the age of 17 by becoming a member of Taj youth membership within the working-class space of south Tehran.

His “Brazilian style” of enjoying made him a nationwide determine and he turned the document purpose scorer of any nationwide crew. He skilled as a supervisor at Aston Villa within the 1990s.

Soccer in Iran has been carefully intertwined with politics, each home and worldwide. As such, corruption and cronyism within the nation’s soccer golf equipment, largely run by former commanders of the Revolutionary Guards, has been rampant.

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