Iranian soccer club dismisses Armenian player to safeguard Azerbaijani unity
Tehran, Iran, June 7
By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:
The Iranian soccer club Tractor Sazi Tabriz has abandoned the previously made decision to sign the Armenian Varazdat Haroyan over what it has called concern for the unity of the Azerbaijanis.
Mostafa Ajorlu, the Tractor Sazi CEO, said the decision was made because signing Haroyan would threaten the unity of the team's majority Azerbaijani fans, the Tractor Sazi website reported June 7.
"I have come to Tabriz for the unity of my dear Azerbaijani fans. My aim is to unite all the Iranian Turks around Tractor and its championship. Since signing a player of the Armenian national team into Tractor would threaten that unity, we have abandoned the idea," Ajorlu said.
On June 6, it was announced that Tractor Sazi had reached agreement with Haroyan for a two-year transfer.
Tabriz is the capital city of East Azerbaijan, where the population is Azerbaijani.