Iran: footballer Voria Ghafouri arrested for “propaganda” against the state

International on 28 occasions, the Iranian right-back Voria Ghafouri was arrested this Thursday after a training session by the local authorities while Iran is shaken by a popular protest movement. The Foolad FC footballer is accused of having “insulted and tarnished the reputation of the national team (Team Melli) and indulging in propaganda” against the state, the Iranian news agency Fars said.

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. Former captain of Esteghlal, the most famous team in the country, he had been forced to leave in July because of his repeated criticism of the authorities.

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