The Sunday Review

An Iranian-Kurdish footballer Has been arrested on charges of “incitement against the regime” Tehran cracks down on According to Tasim, a state-aligned news agency, anti-government protesters are reported.

Voria Ghafouri is a defender. the Also, the soccer team Khuzestan Foolad was arrested on charges of “dishonorable and insulting comportment towards Iran’s national soccer team.”

“Ghafouri had some harsh reactions in support of the recent rioters and was inciting them,” state affiliated Fars News Agency reported.

Iran International, an opposition news outlet based in London, stated the star footballer Esteghlal FC FC fired him for criticizing the team. the May: He rebuked the government “its handling of protests sparked by a sudden rise in prices.”

Iranian authorities have criticised Ghafouri over his statements about the Protests held earlier in the Year, caused by an increase in food prices the The government reduced state subsidies, causing some cases to see costs rise by 30%.

National anti-Iran sentiments have since swept Iran.regime Demonstrations set off by the death of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish Iranian woman aged 22 who was taken into custody by the country’s morality police for allegedly not wearing her hijab properly.

Demonstrations have brought light. on Long-standing grievances are held by the country’s Kurdish minority group, whom security forces have targeted in their brutal campaign clamping down on Iran’s dissent.

Ghafouri is from Sanandaj, Iran’s second largest Kurdish city, according to the Norway-based Hengaw Organization for Human Rights.

Ghafouri, pictured in June 2021, is part of Iran's Kurdish minority community, which the government has targeted in its clampdown on anti-regime dissent.

Ghafouri is now part of a group of Support for Iranian athletes who spoke out of the National uprising

Iran’s former national team goalkeeper, Parviz Boroumand, was arrested Last week, Tehran’s public property was destroyed during a demonstration on November 15, according Tasnim

Boroumand, 47 years old, was a player for Esteghlal FC, Persepolis FC, and Esteghlal FC. He retired in 2007 to focus on He was a strong supporter of humanitarian work and social activism. He was open in his support of Iran protesters on His social media channels were active before his arrest.

Former Iranian footballer After their arrests, Ali Karimi expressed support for Ghafouri & Boroumand. “For the honorable Ghafouri,” Karimi tweeted Thursday with a picture of Ghafouri in Kurdish attire

Karimi, now living outside of Iran has been under intense scrutiny since the Iranian government has expressed support for protesters from September to date

Parmida Gaşemi, an archer, demonstrated her support of anti-government protests when she removed her hijab during an awards ceremony at Tehran in November. Elnaz Rezabi, an Iranian climber competed in South Korea wearing her hijab. on In the It had come off by accident a month earlier. However, it was unclear whether Rekabi’s comments were made under duress.