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Football Star Challenges IRGC Conspiracy-Theorist-in-Chief: "What Have You Done?"

July 6, 2022
IranWire
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Football coach Ali Karimi snapped back after a prominent commentator and IRGC officer claimed footballers were "worthless people" with "no understanding of politics"
Football coach Ali Karimi snapped back after a prominent commentator and IRGC officer claimed footballers were "worthless people" with "no understanding of politics"
Hassan Abbasi is a self-described conspiracy theorist who heads the Center for Borderless Security Doctrinal Analysis
Hassan Abbasi is a self-described conspiracy theorist who heads the Center for Borderless Security Doctrinal Analysis

Iranian football coach Ali Karimi launched a blistering attack on the IRGC officer and conspiracy theorist Hassan Abbasi on Wednesday, demanding: “At least we’ve made the hearts of a few people happy. What have you done, you bozo?”

The tirade, posted on the outspoken ex-player’s Instagram account, came after Abbasi spoke in mocking terms about the contribution of footballers to society.

In a recent speech Abbasi had called players “worthless people” with no understanding of politics, society, religion or what he called “moral and Islamic principles”.

He also claimed that no football player in Iran’s history could be said to have been “martyred”, and "A person whose wife wears a chador, a religious person, would never follow football.”

Karimi is a former player with Persepolis FC, Bayern Munich and the national team. He has a long history of taking a stand on socio-political issues in his home country, including corruption in the Iranian Football Federation.

In his response to Abbasi, he also suggested the latter “learn the names of a few economists... No need for you to comment on football.”

Hassan Abbasi is an officer in the Revolutionary Guards and head of the IRGC’s think-tank, the Center for Borderless Security Doctrinal Analysis.

Known for his extreme views, he is a self-described conspiracy theorist and has a particularly antisemitic bent. In 2004 he was described as a “theoretician” in the office of the Supreme Leader.

On Tuesday, in response to his “martyrs” comment, detractors published a list of the football players killed in the eight-year war between Iran and Iraq. An earlier effort in 2014 had counted 2,200 of them at a minimum.

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