Iranian footballer arrested for ‘anti-government propaganda’

Whereas Iran performs in World Cup 2022 in QatarA former member of his nationwide soccer workforce has been arrested for criticizing the Iranian authorities.

Voria Ghafouri, who was not chosen as a member of The Iranian squad of the 2022 World Cupwas arrested Thursday for “insulting the nationwide soccer workforce and propaganda in opposition to the federal government,” based on the Related Press.

Esteghlal defender Voria Ghafouri, right, is tagged by Ahli striker Abdulrahman Ghareeb, left, during the AFC Champions League Group C match between Saudi Arabia's Al-Ahli and Iran's Esteghlal on April 27, 2021, at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in the Saudi city of Jeddah.

Esteghlal defender Voria Ghafouri, proper, is tagged by Ahli striker Abdulrahman Ghareeb, left, through the AFC Champions League Group C match between Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli and Iran’s Esteghlal on April 27, 2021, on the King Abdullah Sports activities Metropolis Stadium within the Saudi metropolis of Jeddah.
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Ghafouri not too long ago expressed help for the household of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died whereas within the custody of Iranian authorities.

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His dying has sparked nationwide protests calling for the tip of the federal government of the Islamic Republic.

Ghafouri’s arrest got here a day earlier than Iran defeated Wales 2-0 to earn their first win of the 2022 World Cup.

Voria Ghafouri, then a player of Iran national soccer team, right, fights for the ball with Iraqi midfielder Hussein Ali, during their AFC Asian Cup soccer match at Al Maktoum stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 16, 2019. The semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on Thursday, November 24, 2022 that Iran arrested Ghafouri, a prominent former member of its national football team for insulting the national football team, which is currently playing in the World Cup, and having criticized the government as an authority addressing nationwide protests.

Voria Ghafouri, then a participant of Iran nationwide soccer workforce, proper, fights for the ball with Iraqi midfielder Hussein Ali, throughout their AFC Asian Cup soccer match at Al Maktoum stadium in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 16, 2019. The semi-official Fars and Tasnim information companies reported on Thursday, November 24, 2022 that Iran arrested Ghafouri, a outstanding former member of its nationwide soccer workforce for insulting the nationwide soccer workforce, which is at present enjoying within the World Cup, and having criticized the federal government as an authority addressing nationwide protests.
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Of their first recreation in opposition to England – a 6-2 defeat – Iranian gamers didn’t sing the nation’s nationwide anthem in an obvious present of help for protesters.

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The nationwide workforce sang the nationwide anthem on Friday, arm in arm earlier than the sport.

Iran scored twice in stoppage time, surprising Wales with objectives within the 98th and one hundred and first minutes.

Iranian players celebrate winning their World Cup Group B soccer match against Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Friday, November 25, 2022.

Iranian gamers have fun successful their World Cup Group B soccer match in opposition to Wales at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar on Friday, November 25, 2022.
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“We’re gutted, there isn’t any different approach to put it,” Wales captain Gareth Bale instructed the BBC after the sport. “We fought till the final second and we now have to start out once more.

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“We’re all gutted however we now have to get again up instantly. It’ll definitely be tough for us. We must see.”

Iran now have three factors in Group B and want to progress to the spherical of 16 of the World Cup for the primary time.

The Related Press contributed to this report