An Iranian footballer has been arrested for spreading propaganda

An Iranian footballer has been arrested for spreading propaganda

An Iranian footballer has been arrested for spreading propaganda

Woria Gafouri was arrested after a training session with Iran’s Khuzestan Football Club. He has 28 caps for Iran but was not selected for the World Cup in Qatar.

Ghafouri was accused of “insulting the reputation of the national team and spreading propaganda against the country.”

Ghafouri, who is of Kurdish origin, has long been an outspoken critic of the Iranian government.

His arrest underscores the dangers faced by athletes who criticize Iran’s authoritarian rulers.

Protests have continued in Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody in September, despite a brutal crackdown by security forces.

Amini was arrested by the so-called moral police for violating the country’s women’s dress code.

Ghafouri Supported the protesters

At least 416 people, including 51 children, were killed in the security forces deadly response to the demonstrations, according to Iran Human Rights Watch.

Iran’s football team refused to sing the national anthem before their World Cup match against England on Monday (November 21).

The regime’s actions are said to threaten players and their families.

However, they sang the national anthem before facing Wales today.

Iranian supporters shouted and booed from the pulpit.

Fans also wore T-shirts behind Amin and held Iranian flags that read “Women, Life, Freedom,” a rallying cry heard during Iranian protests.

Ghafouri received special praise for visiting the young daughter of a woman killed in a protest and giving her a tablet as a gift.

Another supporter of the protest, Ali Karimi, a former Iranian international footballer, shared a photo of Ghafouri in Kurdish clothes on his Twitter account in solidarity with the players.

Ghafouri was the captain of Esteghlal before his contract was terminated and Foulad was transferred to Khuzestan.

Iranian fans have previously complained that FIFA World Cup officials prevented them from protesting.

Mycle Ahir
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