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UPDATE: World Cup fan, 27, ‘assassinated in Iran for honking his car horn after USA win’

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A World Cup fan has reportedly been shot and killed in an area of northern Iran for celebrating USA beating Iran.

UPDATE 13.50 – Mehran Sammak was ‘assassinated after honking his car horn for joy at the elimination of the Iranian team’

The 27-year-old World Cup fan was shot in the head and killed by regime militias in Anzali, northern Iran, by Iran’s Islamic Regime’s security forces, according to reports.

New information is materialising after news broke of Mr Sammack’s death in the early hours of Wednesday.

A German lawyer, Niema Movassat (@NiemaMovassat) tweeted a photograph of the deceased, with a message 

He posted: “Mehran Sammak was only 27 years old. Regime militias shot him in the head in Anzali, northern Iran.

“Reason for his assassination: he honked his car horn for joy at the elimination of the Iranian team at the #WM [World Cup].”

 

One journalist based in London who works for a Persian news channel, Maryam Moqaddam (@MaryamMoqaddam), boldly asked and answered the question as to why Mr Sammack was killed.

She said: “Why did you kill him? Because he was happy and honking. #SayHisName.”

She followed the tweet up with an English post, which said: “Iranian security forces shot and killed 27-year-old #MehranSammak in the northern city of Anzali just because he was honking his car horn following the US-Iran football match.”

Original story – Local journalists and news organisations have tweeted about the death of Mehran Sammak, aged 27, reporting that he was shot in the head by Iran’s Islamic Regime’s security forces.

Journalist Pouria Zeraati (@pouriazeraati) posted details of his death, saying that Mr Sammak was “shot in the head around 1am local time in Anzali”, located in northern Iran.

He posted: “Mehran Sammak, 27 years old, was shot in the head by Islamic Regime’s security forces, tonight (around 1 am local time) in Anzali [Northern Iran], while people were celebrating IR team’s loss against the US.

“He died an hour ago in the hospital.”

News agency Visegrad 24 also confirmed his death.

According to reports, hours before his death Mr Shammack had posted on his Instagram story: ”Tonight, regardless of any outcome of Iran and the US let’s stick together”

In recent months protests have erupted across Iran, with the government pushing back hard on those who go against its regime.

Iran threatened the families of its World Cup soccer squad after the players refused to sing the country’s national anthem at their opening game in an apparent act of solidarity with protesters back home, a source told CNN.

According to the source, who works in security at the World Cup, he has monitored how Iran’s security agencies are acting in Qatar during the games and said that players were ordered to meet with Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps after the first game when they refused to sing the national anthem.

They were told that their families would face “violence and torture” if they did not sing, or if they protested at all, the source said. During the build-up to their second match, on November 25, the team were seen singing the anthem.

USA’s Christian Pulisic both scored and injured himself during the match on Tuesday, as they secured a 1-0 victory over Iran to face the Netherlands in the knockout stages on Saturday, December 3.

Pulisic bagged the winning goal in the 38th minute of their to send the USA through to the last 16 of the 2022 Qatar World Cup, but watched the second half from a hospital bed after being admitted suffering from dizziness and abdominal pains.


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Vickie Scullard

A journalist of more than 12 years from Manchester, UK, Vickie now lives in Madrid and works as a news writer for the Euro Weekly News.



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  • I am torn in many directions. I hope Noone anywhere gets shot for celebrating anything, except when people celebrate others doing violence, yes I am a hypocrite, hypocrisy is not always wrong or without merit ,sorry I digress...I hope this isn't a massive overstatement. if he was shot for anything other than honking his horn then this is going to be a reversal of anger which will drive me nuts. I think media used to have standards before the internet where anyone can claim to be a Journalist. we need to delete the term " journalistic standard" it was a doormat at one time thar had been thrown away because to many people had feces on their shoes before entering the house of media. sorry for being long winded, j just hope this does not flip.flop and turn into is against them and not about the young man who was shot in the head.

    • What are you talking about? A man was executed for honking a horn and you're blathering on a tiny soapbox about journalistic integrity? Read the room.

    • Why do you sound like an addled 85 year old Alzheimer's patient? No one cares about what you're saying. It has nothing to do with the article. Shut up.

  • Visegrad 24 is not a real news group. They're just a twitter account that represents identity of the visegrad 24 coalition in central europe.

  • Remember Blatter and company, Finally got done for corruption!! It is going to be interesting in the next year or so if history will repeat itself! I can't comprehend why the powers to be; would have wanted to take the world Cup to Qatar of all places, knowing full well how strict the laws are in that Country, regarding alcohol, sexual orientation, attitude to women, and so on!! Come on you don't have to have a very high IQ. to work that one out, do you?

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