Iran hero Ali Daei threatened 'by unknown individuals' after supporting protests

Legendary Iranian striker Ali Daei says he has been threatened by ‘unknown individuals’ after supporting protests against the Iranian regime… and repeats his call for arrested protesters to be released on eve of Iran World Cup qualifier vs USA

Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei said on Monday that he had been the target of threats after supporting ongoing protests in Iran sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.

Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16, three days after being arrested by the notorious morality police while visiting Tehran with her younger brother.

Daei, whose 109 goals internationally went unsurpassed for a long time until he was surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo, played in Iran’s legendary 2-1 1998 World Cup win against the United States.

Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei said he had been targeted with threats after supporting the protests.

Protests Erupted Across Iran Following The Death Of Mahsa Amini In Police Custody In September.

Protests erupted across Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody in September.

He decided not to go to the World Cup in Qatar due to the Iranian authorities’ deadly crackdown on protests.

“I have received numerous threats against me and my family in the past months and days from some unknown organizations, media and individuals,” Daei said in a statement on Instagram.

‘They taught me humanity, honor, patriotism and freedom… What do you want to achieve with such threats?’ she added.

In the post, Daei also called for the “unconditional release” of prisoners arrested in the crackdown on protests in Iran.

Earlier this month, Daei said he would not travel to Qatar for the World Cup, despite having an invitation from the organizers, saying he wanted to be “with my compatriots and express sympathy for all those who have lost loved ones.” ‘ in the ongoing crackdown. .

His comments come as Iran prepares to face the United States on Tuesday, in a repeat of the 1998 clash, with ‘Team Melli’ looking to reach the final stages of a World Cup for the first time in their history.

Daei Played In Iran'S 1998 World Cup Victory Against The United States In The 1998 Tournament In France.

Daei played in Iran’s 1998 World Cup victory against the United States in the 1998 tournament in France.

The Iranian Team Plays This Tuesday In The United States, Where A Victory Seals The Pass To The Round Of 16 In Qatar

The Iranian team plays this Tuesday in the United States, where a victory seals the pass to the round of 16 in Qatar

There has been intense scrutiny over soccer as protests in Iran continue, posing the biggest challenge to the regime since the 1979 revolution.

Daei himself reportedly had his passport confiscated when he returned to Iran in the initial phase of the protests, but it was later returned to him.

Prominent Iranian footballer of Kurdish origin Voria Ghafouri, who has been outspoken in his support of the protests, was arrested last week.

Iranian media reports said he had been released on bail. But the Norway-based Kurdish rights group Hengaw denied this, saying he had been transferred from western Iran to jail in Tehran.

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