Iranian footballer detained over ‘spreading propaganda’ versus Islamic republic

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    Iranian footballer arrested over ‘spreading propaganda’ against Islamic republic

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    Voria Ghafouri has actually been detained it has actually been declared (Picture: AP)

    Iranian global footballer Voria Ghafouri has actually been detained over allegations he ‘spread propaganda’ versus the Islamic republic.

    The right-back was detained by Iranian security forces after a training session with his club today.

    He was detained on charges of having ‘tarnished the reputation of the national team and spread propaganda against the state,’ a company stated.

    Ghafouri, 35, who bets Foolad Khuzestan in Iran, has actually been a singing critic of the routine and its violent crackdown on demonstrations.

    He was noted as a member of Iran’s 2018 World Cup team however was not called in the last lineup playing at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

    Originally from the Kurdish- inhabited city of Sanandaj in western Iran, Ghafouri had actually published an image of himself on Instagram worn conventional Kurdish gown.

    It follows countless individuals objected after 22- year-old Iranian Kurdish female Mahsa Amini passed away 3 days after collapsing in cops custody.

    Iranian gamers declined to sing the nationwide anthem versus England (Picture: Getty)
    Iranian fans wept as the group declined to sing the nationwide anthem (Picture: BBC)


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    Iran has arrested several footballing figures for voicing criticism since the protests began, including Parviz Boroumand, Hossein Mahini, Hamidreza Aliasgari, and Yahya Golmohammadi.

    Prominent former Iranian footballers Ali Karimi and Ali Daei have also come under fire from authorities for expressing support for protesters.

    Many Iranians have turned against their national football team amid the ongoing unrest in the country.

    They see the team as representing the regime rather than the people of Iran.

    Ghafouri was formerly the captain of Iran’s leading club Esteghlal before his contract was terminated and he moved to Foolad Khuzestan.

    Many fans suggested the ending of his career with Esteghlal was revenge for speaking out in support of earlier protests that erupted this summer.

    Others argued that in his mid-30s Ghafouri was already too old for the Iranian top flight.

    Some in Iran went as far as celebrating Iran’s 6-2 defeat in its opening World Cup match against England in Qatar on Monday, posts on social media showed.

    Protesters gather in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, on Sept. 28, 2022, to protest the killing of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman, after she was arrested in Tehran by morality police for wearing her headscarf improperly. Iran has accused Kurdish opposition groups in exile of orchestrating the wave of protests across the country over the past two weeks. But Kurdish activists say the government is just trying to scapegoat them to distract from the domestic anger fueling the unrest. (AP Photo/Hawre Khalid, Metrography)

    Protesters in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq, stand up against the killing of Mahsa Amini, an Iranian Kurdish woman, after she was arrested in Tehran by morality police for wearing her headscarf improperly (Picture: AP)

    The Iranian players chose not to sing their country’s national anthem at the match against England, in an apparent show of support for the protests.

    But the gesture was largely dismissed as too little, too late by many Iranians on social media and failed to win back their support.

    The protests sparked by Amini’s death have become one of the boldest challenges to the Islamic Republic since its establishment in 1979, with demonstrators calling for regime change.

    At least 416 people, including 51 children and 27 women, have been killed by security forces in the protests, Oslo-based rights group Iran Human Rights (IHR) said on Tuesday.

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