UEFA probing Azeri football official's hate post against Armenians

November 3, 2020 – 14:51 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – UEFA has launched an investigation after an official from the Azerbaijani club Qarabag posted a hate message targeting , the European football’s governing body said Monday, November 2.

“An Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector has been appointed today to conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding the statements made on social media by a Qarabag FK official,” UEFA said.

“Information in regards to this investigation will be made available in due course.”

The Qarabag FK official is Nurlan Ibrahimov, a PR and media manager of the club who called for killing “all the Armenians, including women, children and elderly, without distinction”.

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 () 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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