South Azerbaijan’s most prominent football team, the Tractor’ players in a protest against official ban on Azerbaijani Turkic language in Iran declined to take questions from media directed to them in Farsi . Mr. Khatibi, Tractor’s head coach whose team has just secured a crashing 3-1 victory over Tehran’s Persepolis Football Team at Tehran’s Azadi Stadium told reporters that an Azerbaijani journalist was interviewing the Tractor players in our mother tong, Turkish at the change room. However, the officials of Tehran’s Azadi Stadium expelled the Azerbaijani journalist from the change room merely for speaking in the mother language of over 30 million Turks in Iran. Therefore, in protest against this racist action, the Tractor football team made a collective decision to refuse speaking in Farsi. They did not answer any questions from the media asked in Farsi.
Thousands of Azerbaijani fans once again chanted anti-racist slogans and demonstrated banners demanding equal rights for South Azerbaijanis.