Ali Daei: Air-travelling household of Iranian soccer legend pressured to return


The household of an Iranian soccer star had been prevented from leaving the nation by Islamic Republic authorities on Monday.

A airplane certain for Dubai carrying Ali Daei’s spouse and daughter was pressured to return to Iran, the nation’s semi-official Tasnim information company reported. Daei is a critic of the federal government.

His spouse and daughter weren’t allowed to depart the nation as a result of “regardless of being requested to take action, that they had not knowledgeable the accountable authorities of their resolution to depart the nation,” the official information company IRNA initially reported in an article that was later retracted.

The flight, which departed from Tehran, was ordered to land on the Iranian island of Kish within the Persian Gulf, the place the household was advised to disembark, IRNA mentioned. It was initially meant for Dubai.

Daei, 53, is a former captain of the Iran nationwide soccer group and as soon as held the report for many worldwide objectives. He has been a vocal supporter of the continuing protests in Iran, which erupted after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in September whereas she was within the custody of the nation’s vice squad.

Tasnim reported that his spouse’s final vacation spot is the USA, however Daei mentioned in feedback launched by the semi-official information company ISNA that his spouse and daughter had been solely planning a brief go to to Dubai.

Daei’s spouse and daughter will not be in custody.

Daei mentioned he was unaware of his spouse’s journey ban. “No person gave me a solution to that. I actually do not know what the reason being,” he mentioned.

Daei had refused to participate within the FIFA World Cup in Qatar – the place Iran was one in every of 32 competing groups – out of solidarity with the Iranian protesters. “As a substitute of repression, violence and arrest of the Iranian individuals, remedy their issues,” Daei wrote in an Instagram submit in September.