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Former Iranian international player Ghafouri released on bail


Iranian authorities have released on bail Voria Ghafouri, a former international player, who was arrested last Thursday in front of his 10-year-old son as part of the crackdown on protests over the death of Mahsa Amini (ANSA)

The Iranian authorities have released on bail Voria Ghafouri

, a former international player who was arrested last Thursday as part of the crackdown on protests over the death of Mahsa Amini.

Thursday's arrest of Ghafouri, who is Kurdish and had spoken out in support of the protests, had caused a stir because it took place while coach Queiroz's selection is playing the World Cup in Qatar.

"Voria Ghafouri has been released on bail," Iran's Fars news agency said on its social media.

The Iranian newspaper 'Shargh', in addition to confirming the release, recalls that the 35-year-old Ghafouri was arrested at the end of a training session he had carried out with his team, Foolad Khuzestan, and which his ten-year-old son had attended.

According to the UN, about 14,000 people were arrested by the morality police as part of the repression of protests that occurred after Amini's death.

Among the detainees are dozens of prominent journalists, cultural figures, lawyers and athletes.

Ghafouri, also famous in his homeland for speaking frankly about him, has 29 caps for the Iran national team and was arrested on charges of having made "propaganda" against the Islamic republic.

Originally from the city of Sanandaj, where there is a large Kurdish community, Ghafouri had been particularly critical of the crackdown in Kurdish-populated areas of western Iran, where activists say dozens of people have been killed in the past ten days.

Source: ansa

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