Iran arrests soccer player over government criticism

State media in Iran report that Voria Ghafouri, a former member of the country’s national football team, has been arrested for criticizing the government.

The semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported on Thursday that he had been arrested for insulting the national football team, which is currently participating in the World Cup, and criticizing the government. Ghafouri, who was not chosen to go to the World Cup, has been an outspoken critic of Iranian authorities and policies throughout his career.

Iran has been rocked by anti-government protests for more than two months, the biggest challenge to its Islamic theocracy in more than a decade.

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