Persepolis lose CAS appeal over Alkasir ban for racist goal celebration

March 26 –  CAS has turned down Persepolis’ appeal on behalf of striker Isa Alkasir over the making of a racist gesture in a Champions League group game last September in Qatar against Pakhtakor.

Alkasir was sanctioned for pulling his eyes during his goal celebration – deemed as making ‘Chinese eyes’. His defense was that he was making the gesture to entertain his son.

Persepolis appealed the AFC ban on him taking part in any football-related activity for six months, while also ordering him to pay a fine of $10,000.

The Court of Arbitration for sport pointed out that Article 58.1 of the AFC Disciplinary and Ethics Code states that “anyone who offends the dignity of a person or group of persons through contemptuous, discriminatory or denigratory words or actions concerning race, skin colour, gender, disability, language, age, physical appearance, religion, political opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation, or ethnic, national, or social origin has committed an offence.”

The AFC said: “Pursuant to Article 3 of the AFC Statutes, it is a fundamental principle of the AFC that discrimination of any kind against a country, private person or group of people on account of race, skin colour, ethnic, national or social origin, gender, disability, language, age, physical appearance, religion, political opinion or any other opinion, wealth, birth or any other status, sexual orientation or any other reason is strictly prohibited and punishable by suspension or expulsion.”

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