Ali Daei: Iranian football legend refuses to attend World Cup in solidarity with protesters


Iran’s file worldwide goalscorer Ali Daei stated on Monday that he refused an invite to attend the World Cup in Qatar subsequent week to stand in solidarity with Iranian protesters.

“I rejected the official invitation of FIFA and Qatar Football Federation to attend the World Cup with my spouse and daughters,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I favor to be subsequent to you in my homeland and specific my sympathy with all of the households who misplaced family members over nowadays,” added Daei.

The 53-year-old Iranian football legend scored 109 targets for Iran between 1993 and 2006, a file damaged by Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo final 12 months.

Daei has been a vocal supporter of the nationwide protests throughout Iran, which broke out when 22-year-old lady Mahsa Amini died in September after getting detained by Iran’s morality police.

“Instead of repression, violence and arresting the Iranian folks, resolve their issues,” Daei wrote in one other Instagram publish in September.

CNN has reached out to Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy for remark.

Former Dutch worldwide Clarence Seedorf recommended Daei’s choice not to go to Qatar.

“You are an actual non secular chief in your folks my good friend,” Seedorf stated in a touch upon Daei’s publish on Monday.

“I like your braveness, kindness and management. Peace is what I want might be reached asap. Much love to you and household and all of the brothers and sisters in Iran.”

An activist group, United for Navid marketing campaign, had advised CNN that Daei’s passport was confiscated for his vocal assist for the protests. CNN couldn’t confirm that declare.

Daei will not be the one Iranian athlete protesting the federal government.

Last month, a legislation agency despatched a letter to FIFA on behalf of a bunch of former and present Iranian sports activities figures urging soccer’s governing physique to droop the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) and ban it from taking part at this 12 months’s World Cup in Qatar.

The letter says the actions of Iran’s football federation violate FIFA statutes and laws.

“Iran’s brutality and belligerence in the direction of its personal folks has reached a tipping level, demanding an unequivocal and agency disassociation from the footballing and sports activities world,” a press launch issued alongside the letter reads.

The letter was signed by, amongst others, Mohammad Reza Faghani, a FIFA-licensed referee, Vahid Sarlak, Asian Judo champion and Iran National Team member, and Shiva Amini, former National Women’s Futsal Team participant.

Elsewhere, after scoring a purpose in the Emirates Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup ultimate, Saeed Piramoon imitated reducing his hair – a transfer signaling assist for nationwide protests in the nation by calling for higher freedoms for ladies – an act that Iran’s football authorities have vowed to deal with with.

Football participant Sardar Azmoun additionally probably risked lacking out on being chosen for the World Cup after criticizing the federal government.

“That is value sacrificing for one strand of Iranian ladies’s hair,” Azmoun wrote in an Instagram story. “Shame on you who kill folks so simply. Long reside Iranian ladies.”

However, Azmoun was named in Iran’s World Cup squad on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Azmoun suffered a calf muscle calf whereas warming up for Bayer Leverkusen’s Champions League recreation towards Porto on October 4 and hasn’t performed since for the German membership.
Azmoun was anticipated to be sidelined for between six and eight weeks, in accordance to Leverkusen.

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