Amid growing anti-regime protests that have resulted in more than 300 deaths, the Iranian regime has arrested a famous football player. The popular footballer was arrested for backing anti-state protests back home. Voria Ghafouri was arrested for spreading propaganda against Iran, his home country.
Ghafouri who is known for his pace and great crosses is of Kurdish origin. He is one of the most famous personalities who has strongly supported the protests that erupted two months ago. Ghafouri also played for Iran’s national team and for Esteghlal, an Iranian football club. His arrest will add yet another taste to the ongoing anti-regime protests that have already undermined the country’s image amid strong economic sanctions.
Refusing To Sing National Anthem
Iran’s national football team also made the bold decision to refuse to sing the national anthem during its opening World Cup match against England in support of Iranian protests back home. So far, it is uncertain if the players are going to face any consequences for this.