UEFA bans Azeri club official over racist comments against Armenians

UEFA bans Azeri club official over racist comments against Armenians

PanARMENIAN.Net - An official at Azeri club Qarabag has been provisionally banned by UEFA while he is investigated for potentially “violating basic rules of decent conduct” in anti-Armenian comments he made on social media, the European soccer body said on Wednesday, November 4, Reuters reports.

UEFA said that Nurlan Ibrahimov had also been charged with racist and discriminatory conduct over the comments. It did not give further details and Ibrahimov did not immediately comment.

Ibrahimov, a PR and media manager at the club called for killing "all the Armenians, including women, children and elderly, without distinction".

Following his comments, the Football Federation of Armenia called for Qarabag to be expelled from European football for comments Ibrahimov made about Armenians, which he had subsequently deleted.

Last month, UEFA reprimanded players and officials from Qarabag for performing a military salute during their Europa League qualifying match away to Legia Warsaw on Oct. 1.

Hate speech and calls for violence against Armenians have surged to an unprecedented level in Azerbaijan, especially amid Baku's aggression against Nagorno-Karabakh. Turks and Azeris living abroad, meanwhile, have been threatening Armenians and attacking them during peaceful gatherings and rallies.

Azerbaijan, with help from Turkey and Syrian and Libyan mercenaries deployed by Ankara, started a war against Karabakh (Artsakh) in the morning of September 27. The Armenian side has reported deaths and injuries both among the civilian population and the military. Foreign and local journalists too have been injured in Azeri shelling of towns and villages.

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