Lift the life time ban on Shojaei & Hajsafy
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The Iranian authorities and football federation has imposed a lifetime ban on the Captain of Team Melli, Masoud Shojaei & and Vice-Captain Ehsan Hajsafy for exercising their professionalism and obligation in playing for their Greek club a football match against an Israeli team in Athens.
This ban is an unfair politically motivated move, a direct interference in football by the government and against the laws and spirits of FIFA that advocates the separation of football and politics.
Shojaei & Hajsafy did not travel to Israel in respect to the Government laws banning Iranian citizens from such visits, however, there was no ground for preventing them playing football in Athens against any team.
These two heroes have represented Iran and defended their country's honor for 153 times, Shaojaei 71 and Hajsafy 82 . They have never refused the call of duty. They have never harmed anyone, they have not killed anyone either. Instead they were in the forefront of Team Melli glorious victories that qualified Iran to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
We demand lifting of any kind of ban against the two footballers for whatever reason. We demand the Iranian government stop interfering in the football and football federation to stay away from politics which threatens to isolate the Islamic Republic by banning of Team Melli and other Iranian clubs from international football competitions.
President Hassan Rouhani has graciously managed to shift the cynical views of the world against Iran with his excellent governance and skills of his ministers while settling the nuclear arms issue, we football fans demand the same standard of understanding, respect and compliance to international laws. We respect the government policies but also demand fairness and justice for the men who served their country.
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