Iranian soccer player Voria Ghafouri was arrested during World Cup searches ( News Washington )


A prominent Iranian soccer player was arrested Thursday on charges that included defaming the national team competing in the World Cup, Iranian state media reported Thursday.

Player Voria Ghafouri is a former member of the national squad and a frequent critic of the government. His arrest comes at a time when Iranian soccer players are under investigation for their statements about the national uprising in Iran that has continued for months.

The Iran World Cup team has silently nodded to the protests at home

Iran’s national team, in their match against England on Monday, refused to sing the national anthem during the game, in what was widely seen as a silent acknowledgment of protest. Iran’s national radio showed selected images of spectators cheering in Iran during the match, but not the political signs drawn by some.

Protests erupted in Iran in September after a young Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, died in police custody. An uprising against Iran’s clerical government has spread across the country and sparked a brutal and deadly crackdown in ethnic Kurdish areas where human rights groups say dozens of people have been killed in recent days.

The Council on Human Rights in a vote On Thursday, he raised the question of alleged rights violations in Iran in response to the protest movement. “Today’s session leaves no doubt that the members of the HRC recognize the seriousness of the situation in Iran and that the mission-finding mission established today will help identify and document those involved in the continued violent suppression of the Iranian people,” US. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement.

Rights groups say Iran is launching a crackdown on Kurdish areas

Ghafouri, who is Kurdish, has criticized government officials on social media in the past and posted recent news on Twitter condemning the killing of Kurds. Iranian news reports did not specify the reasons for the arrest but said the charges included “propaganda against” the Islamic State.

He has been called up several times over the last decade to play for the national team, and several Iranian club teams including Foolad Khuzestan, his current team. ISNA, a semiofficial news agency, announced on Thursday that Hamidreza Garshasbi, CEO of the group, had resigned, and said that the reason for the resignation had not yet been announced.

Even before the start of the World Cup, some Iranians have asked FIFA, the global governing body, to ban the national team, known as Team Melli, as a sign of support for the protests. Others have argued that Iran’s attendance at the World Cup was an act of rebellion: a high-profile event that offered players and spectators the opportunity to disagree with the international media watching.

Iran traveled to play Wales on Friday.

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