Tert.am, Armenia
Jan 3 2012

Armenian footballer confirms Turkish coach wanted to expel him
17:03 - 03.01.12

An Armenian footballer playing for the Iranian club Persepolis has
confirmed reports that the newly-appointed Turkish coach wanted to
expel him from the team only for being an ethnic Armenian.

Speaking to the Armenian sports news website Armsport.am, Harutyun
Abrahamyan thanked all those who supported him at that time when he
was having problems with Mustafa Denizli.

`Media reports are absolutely right. It's not the first year that I
have been in Iran and I have managed to gain the respect of football
lovers due to my work,' said he.

`It caused a stir in the press when it became known that I will leave
the team for artificial reasons.'

`A lot of people stepped up support for me, and I am going for
training tomorrow and continue my work,' said Abrahamyan.

Harutyun Abrahamyan played in various Iranian clubs before he signed a
contract with Persepolis in autumn 2011.