Esteghlal’s defender Voria Ghafouri (left) is marked by Ahli’s defender Mohammed al-Fatil during the AFC Champions League group C match between Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli and Iran’s Esteghlal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in April 2021. Photo: AFP
Esteghlal’s defender Voria Ghafouri (left) is marked by Ahli’s defender Mohammed al-Fatil during the AFC Champions League group C match between Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli and Iran’s Esteghlal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in April 2021. Photo: AFP
Middle East

Iranian football player Voria Ghafouri arrested amid World Cup scrutiny

  • The ex-national team member had criticised the government over its crackdown on protests sparked by the death of death of Mahsa Amini in morality police custody
  • The UN Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to condemn the crackdown and to create an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged abuses

Esteghlal’s defender Voria Ghafouri (left) is marked by Ahli’s defender Mohammed al-Fatil during the AFC Champions League group C match between Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli and Iran’s Esteghlal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in April 2021. Photo: AFP
Esteghlal’s defender Voria Ghafouri (left) is marked by Ahli’s defender Mohammed al-Fatil during the AFC Champions League group C match between Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli and Iran’s Esteghlal in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in April 2021. Photo: AFP
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