Iran football legend Daei will not attend World Cup amid protests | Qatar World Cup 2022 News

Ali Daei mentioned he will keep in Iran, expressed sympathy with households who misplaced family members throughout anti-government demonstrations.

Tehran, Iran – Iranian football legend Ali Daei will not journey to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in solidarity with these collaborating in anti-government protests, that are of their eighth week regardless of a brutal crackdown and web restrictions.

The 53-year-old former participant, one of many nation’s most recognizable sports activities figures, wrote to his 10.6 million followers on Instagram late on Monday that he has refused an invite by football’s governing physique FIFA and the Qatar Football Federation to journey together with his spouse and daughters “in today when most of us are not effectively”.

Daei, now a football supervisor and businessman, mentioned he did it to “be by your facet in my homeland and specific my sympathy with all of the households who’ve misplaced family members today” in a publish that acquired two million likes inside hours regardless of a ban on Instagram amid a nationwide throttling of the web.

Protests erupted throughout Iran after the September 16 demise in custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old girl who was arrested in Tehran by the morality police for allegedly carrying her hijab improperly.

Daei, who was the world’s prime worldwide purpose scorer with 109 targets till his file was damaged by Cristiano Ronaldo final 12 months, has additionally expressed help for the protests beforehand.

“Instead of suppression, violence, arrests and accusing the individuals of Iran of being rioters, resolve their issues,” he wrote on Instagram shortly after the protests started. His publish was accompanied by the picture of a younger girl taking off her scarf, as many have performed through the demonstrations.

The former captain of the Iranian nationwide football crew and ex-Bundesliga participant was additionally at odds with authorities final month when he refuted an official declare {that a} feminine faculty scholar in his hometown of Ardabil had died of pre-existing situations in a case that officers mentioned was unrelated to the protests regardless of media stories.

An picture of Daei circulated on social media late on Sunday, which appeared to indicate him within the neighborhood of the Dey General Hospital in Tehran, the place imprisoned activist Hossein Ronaghi was believed to have been taken after his well being deteriorated. Numerous movies on-line confirmed protests across the hospital.

Ronaghi was arrested for talking out in opposition to the crackdown on the protests, throughout which lots of of individuals have been arrested and dozens have died. No official casualty figures can be found.

The Iranian judiciary subsequently confirmed a picture of Ronaghi in a hospital mattress, assembly his mom, and he was later taken again to jail.

The Iranian nationwide crew, which finalized its squad late on Sunday, arrived in Qatar on Monday and commenced coaching early on Tuesday.

Accompanied by head coach Carlos Queiroz, crew members met with President Ebrahim Raisi and different officers in Tehran hours earlier than leaving for the World Cup.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi met members of the Iran nationwide crew on Monday [Handout/Iranian Presidential Office]

“Some do not wish to see the success and victory of Iranian youth and want to disturb your focus. Be very vigilant on this,” the president warned them.

Numerous athletes have proven solidarity with the protests. Meanwhile, amid claims that Tehran has armed Russia for the warfare in Ukraine, activists overseas and in Ukraine have individually referred to as for the exclusion of Team Melli, Iran’s nationwide football crew, from the event.

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