TEHRAN: Iran‘s sports activities minister has ordered a probe into allegations of sexual assault focusing on youngsters at a soccer academy within the nation’s northeast, state media reported Saturday.
“A former media supervisor for the Shahr Khodro soccer crew has claimed on social media that the mother and father of 15 gamers from this membership and its academy have filed a grievance towards the membership and its coaches for sexually assaulting their youngsters,” state information company IRNA reported.
The report didn’t specify the gender of the minors focused within the alleged assaults.
Shahr Khodro soccer membership is predicated within the shrine metropolis of Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest metropolis.
“Minister of Sports activities Hamid Sajadi two weeks in the past ordered an investigation into reviews of an assault at a soccer academy for youngsters in Mashhad,” IRNA added.
Sajadi referred to as for a “agency response” towards these chargeable for the incident, the company added.
On Friday, the native newspaper Shahrara reported on its web site that the households of gamers from the membership had gathered exterior the headquarters of the provincial soccer organisation to protest the “tragedy”.
The households determined to carry the matter to the media when their protest didn’t elicit a response, the each day added.
An analogous controversy erupted in 2017 when an official within the Iranian soccer federation’s ethics committee stated greater than 10 teenage members of a membership has been sexually assaulted.