Iran arrests soccer participant over authorities criticism
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — State-linked media in Iran are reporting that Voria Ghafouri, a former member of the nation’s nationwide soccer crew, has been arrested for criticizing the federal government.
The semiofficial Fars and Tasnim news companies reported om Thursday that he was arrested for insulting the nationwide soccer crew, which is at the moment taking part in within the World Cup, and criticizing the federal government.
Ghafouri, who was not chosen to go to the World Cup, has been an outspoken critic of Iranian authorities and insurance policies all through his profession.
Iran has been convulsed by anti-government protests for greater than two months, the most important problem to its Islamic theocracy in additional than a decade.
The reviews of his arrest got here forward of Friday’s World Cup match between Iran and Wales. At Iran’s opening match in opposition to England, the members of the Iranian nationwide crew declined to sing alongside to the nationwide anthem and a few followers protested in the course of the match.
The protests had been ignited by the demise of a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish lady within the custody of the nation’s morality police in September. They quickly escalated into nationwide demonstrations calling for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. The western Kurdish area of the nation has seen notably intense protests and a lethal crackdown by safety forces.
Ghafouri, who can be a member of Iran’s Kurdish minority, has criticized authorities insurance policies up to now. Officers haven’t stated whether or not that was a think about not selecting him for the nationwide crew.