Alberta Mirror

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Families of Flight PS752 victims ask for the revocation of the football game with Iran

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Key takeaways: 

  • The representative for the victims’ association says he feels ‘backstabbed’ by Canada Football and Ottawa.
  • The victims’ families in the downing of Flight PS752 are pressing Canada Football to revoke a scheduled match with Iran’s football team, saying they feel crossed by the move.

Relatives who lost loved ones in the devastation of Flight PS752 request that Canada Football dumps its plan to host Iran for a men’s football-friendly following month in Vancouver.

The families call the scheduled game a slap and say they want the federal government to deny giving visas to Iranian football players and those traveling with the squad.

“They have no understanding, no empathy, or no hearts, in my opinion, Canada football,” said Hamed Esmaeilion, a representative for the organization representing families. His spouse and 9-year-old daughter died on the flight.

“I feel backstabbed by the association and crossed by the government … This is a way to formalize the connection with the Islamic Republic of Iran. It’s named sports-washing.”

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Relatives who lost loved ones in the devastation of Flight PS752 request that Canada Football dumps its plan to host Iran for a men’s football-friendly following month in Vancouver

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) fired down the Ukrainian jetliner with a pair of surface-to-air missiles soon after takeoff in Tehran in 2020, murdering all 176 people on board, including 85 Canadians and permanent citizens. 

Iran has condemned a series of human mistakes for downing commercial aircraft. Canada’s forensic investigation found that the IRGC’s “recklessness, incompetence, and wanton disregard for human life” was condemned.

A UN special rapporteur also went, blaming Iranian authorities for numerous breaches of human rights and international rule in the lead-up to the missile raid and its aftermath.

Since then, victims’ relatives have faced pressure, harassment, and threats from “threat actors connected to representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” according to a CSIS report.

Source – cbc.ca

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