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Hassan Rowshan (pictured as a player), who trained as a manager at Aston Villa and who coaches Esteghlal in Tehran, claimed that his team & # 39; was more interested in earning money from wealthy families and not producing professional players & # 39;

Iranian football player sentenced to 74 lashes for & # 39; spreading lies & # 39; asks to execute his punishment in provocative symbolic gesture in national stadium

  • Hassan Rowshan is trained as a manager at Aston Villa and works at Esteghlal, Tehran
  • But he said the team & # 39; was more interested in earning money from rich families & # 39;
  • Club directors sued him for libel and he did not provide strong evidence in court
  • Rowshan fined 10 million Rials (£ 195) and was sentenced to 74 lashes on Wednesday
  • He asked to do this at the Amjadiya stadium with 25,000 seats in Tehran
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A former Iranian football player who was sentenced to 74 lashes for "spreading lies" asked for his punishment to be performed in a challenging, symbolic gesture in a national stadium.

Hassan Rowshan, who was trained as a manager at Aston Villa and coach at Esteghlal in Tehran, claimed that his team was more interested in earning money from rich families and not producing professional players.

But two directors of the party accused him of defamation, and it is understood that he did not provide sufficient evidence in court to prevent conviction.

Hassan Rowshan (pictured as a player), who trained as a manager at Aston Villa and who coaches Esteghlal in Tehran, claimed that his team & # 39; was more interested in earning money from wealthy families and not producing professional players & # 39;

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Hassan Rowshan (pictured as a player), who trained as a manager at Aston Villa and who coaches Esteghlal in Tehran, claimed that his team & # 39; was more interested in earning money from wealthy families and not producing professional players & # 39;

The popular football player, who used to play for the national team, was fined 10 million Rials (£ 195) and was sentenced to 74 lashes on Wednesday.

Mr. Rowshan asked that this would be done at the Amjadiya stadium with 25,000 seats in Tehran.

He told me Telegraph: & # 39; I have no money to pay and would like to receive the eyelashes. But I ask the authorities to carry out the lashing at the Amjadiya stadium in Tehran. & # 39;

Mr. Rowshan was charged and lost in court

Mr. Rowshan was charged and lost in court

He asked for 74 lashes in the national stadium in Tehran

He asked for 74 lashes in the national stadium in Tehran

Mr. Rowshan was charged and lost in court. He asked for 74 lashes in the national stadium in Tehran

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He added: & # 39; I thank Allah for this judgment and obey the court's decision. & # 39;

Fellow soccer player Mahmood Sarabi, who used to play with Mr. Rowshan, said his friend's decision was symbolic.

Sarabi, who now coaches Pars, an Iranian youth soccer team in North London, said that all of Iran's football performances have been in Amjadiya, with Mr Rowshan playing a key role.

He added: & # 39; By challenging the authorities to haul him into the national stadium, he implies that they are dragging the country's football and pride history. & # 39;

It is unclear whether the sentence will be imposed due to a possible backlash from the public.

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Mr. Rowshan was considered a gifted footballer in & # 39; Brazilian style & # 39; who started at the age of 17 in Taj youth club in southern Tehran.

He went on to the Iran team and became a national figurehead as a striker.

Iran's domestic football clubs are usually led by retired members of the Revolutionary Guard, with widespread claims of corruption.

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