Ali Daei: Flight carrying household of Iranian soccer legend compelled to return


The household of an Iranian soccer nice was prevented by authorities within the Islamic Republic from leaving the nation on Monday.

A Dubai-bound flight carrying the spouse and daughter of Ali Daei was compelled 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 have been barred from touring as “they hadn’t informed relevant authorities of their decision to leave despite being ordered to do so,” the official information company IRNA initially reported in an article it later retracted.

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

Daei, 53, is a former captain of the Iranian nationwide soccer workforce and as soon as held the document for essentially the most worldwide targets. He has been a vocal supporter of the continuing protests in Iran, which broke out after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in September whereas within the custody of the nation’s morality police.

Tasnim reported that his spouse’s last vacation spot was america however Daei, in feedback printed by the semi-official ISNA information company, mentioned his spouse and daughter have been solely planning a brief go to to Dubai.

Daei’s spouse and daughter aren’t underneath arrest.

Daei mentioned he wasn’t conscious of a journey ban on his spouse. “No one has given me an answer about this. I really don’t know what the reason for this is,” he mentioned.

Daei had refused to attend the FIFA World Cup in Qatar – the place Iran was one of many 32 competing groups – in solidarity with Iranian protesters. “Instead of repression, violence and arresting the Iranian people, solve their problems,” Daei wrote in an Instagram submit in September.