Iranian footballer Voria Ghafouri arrested for ‘propaganda’ and supporting protests

Iranian authorities on Thursday arrested famous footballer Voria Ghafouri, accused of having “insulted and smeared the reputation of the national (soccer) team and of having engaged in propaganda” against the state, the Iranian authorities said. Iranian news agency Fars.

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The former international (28 caps), very popular in Iran, was arrested after a training session for his Foolad team from Khuzestan by decision of the Judicial Authority, according to the same source.

The 35-year-old footballer from Sanandaj, the capital of the province of Iranian Kurdistan, posted a photo on his Instagram account wearing traditional Kurdish clothing. A former captain of Esteghlal, the country’s most celebrated team, he was forced to leave in July due to his repeated criticism of the authorities.

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A protest movement has rocked Iran since the death on September 16 of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, who died three days after her arrest by vice squad in Tehran for allegedly breaking the dress code. strict for women in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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