Iranian football legend Ali Daei will not travel to Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in solidarity with those participating in anti-government protests, which are in their eighth week despite a crackdown and internet restrictions.
Football legend Ali Daei will not travel to Qatar for FIFA World Cup
Daei, now a football manager and businessman, said he did it to “be by your side in my homeland and express my sympathy with all the families who have lost loved ones these days” in a post.
“Instead of suppression, violence, arrests and accusing the people of Iran of being rioters, solve their problems,” he wrote on Instagram shortly after the protests began.
“Some don’t want to see the success and victory of Iranian youth and wish to disturb your focus. Be very vigilant on this,” the president warned them.