Iran’s sports minister has ordered an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against teenagers at a football academy in the northeast, state media reported.
The parents of 15 players from Shahr Khodro football club and its academy have filed a complaint against the club and its coaches for sexually assaulting their children, according to a former media manager for the club.
Minors targeted in the alleged assaults were not identified by gender in the report.
The Shahr Khodro football club is located in Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city.
In IRNA’s report, the Minister of Sports Hamid Sajadi ordered an investigation into reports of an assault at a football academy for teenagers in Mashhad two weeks ago.
The agency added that Sajadi said, that a firm response will be made against those responsible.
Families of players from the club protested outside the headquarters of the provincial football association on Friday, according to the local newspaper Shahrara.
According to the daily, the families turned to the media after their protest failed to draw a response.
The Iranian football federation’s ethics committee sparked controversy even in 2017 when they reported that more than 10 teenage members of a club had been sexually assaulted.
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