2022-11-24 15:35:27

Iran arrests footballer for criticising the government and 'spreading propaganda'

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Daily Mail
By Rachael Bunyan

Iranian security forces today arrested a former national football player for criticising the government over the crackdown on protests that have engulfed the Islamic Republic for months.

Voria Ghafouri, who was dropped from Iran's national squad ahead of the Qatar World Cup over his criticism of the regime, was arrested after a training session with his local clubFoolad Khuzestan in Iran.

The 35-year-old was arrested over accusations that he had 'tarnished the reputation of the national team and spread propaganda against the state,' Fars News agency reported.

Ghafouri was also accused of supporting 'rioters', a term the Islamic states uses to refer to the anti-government protesters who have been demonstrating following the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iran's morality police on September 16.

The 22-year-old died three days after her arrest in Tehran for allegedly breaching the Islamic dress code for women.

Ghafouri has been a vocal critic of the Islamic regime and its violent crackdown on the protests, which has seen at least 400 people killed.

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