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"Grief-Stricken" Time: Iranian Football Stars To Snub World Cup

November 16, 2022
Akhtar Safi
1 min read
Parwiz Broumand, a former goalkeeper of Tehran’s Esteghlal football team, was arrested in the capital for allegedly " damaging public properties and leading riots," state media reported.
Parwiz Broumand, a former goalkeeper of Tehran’s Esteghlal football team, was arrested in the capital for allegedly " damaging public properties and leading riots," state media reported.

Two Iranian football stars have announced they would not attend the upcoming World Cup in Qatar as their country continues to face nationwide unrest.

Also on November 15, a former goalkeeper of Tehran’s Esteghlal football team, Parwiz Broumand, was arrested in the capital for allegedly " damaging public properties and leading riots," according to the state news agency Borna.

Iran has been swept by anti-government protests since a 22-year-old woman died in the custody of morality police two months ago.

More than 340 people have been killed, including 43 children, in a brutal crackdown by security forces, according to one human rights organization. Thousands of others have been arrested.

Ali Daei, an ex-captain of Iran’s national team, said that he will not travel to the Persian Gulf nation at a time when Iran was "grief-stricken."

"I want to be with my compatriots and express sympathy with all those who have lost their loved ones," the former center-forward said.

Another former national team member, Javad Nekounam, said he had declined to go to Qatar, Iran's semiofficial ISNA news agency reported.

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