Iran protesters kicked out of a football friendly match in Austria, says report

Police expelled protesters from Iran’s international friendly match against Uruguay on Friday in Austria after they entered the match, supposedly behind closed doors. The two were talking about the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody in Iran earlier this month after being accused of improperly wearing a headscarf, According to Mark Ogden of ESPN.

During the first half of the game at the Nevada Arena, police approached the two men and asked them to hand over a sign they were carrying stating that Amini was “killed by the police of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” When the protesters refused, Austrian police drove them out of the stadium, in Ogden.

Amini’s death sparked widespread protests in Iran where women were seen removing and burning the state-imposed veil. According to the Associated Press,. Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, said the circumstances of Amini’s death would be investigated “strictly” after Iranian police said she had died of a heart attack.

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