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 knowledgeable related authorities of their resolution to go away regardless of being ordered to take action,” 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 group and as soon as held the file for probably 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 closing vacation spot was the US however Daei, in feedback revealed 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 are usually not below arrest.

Daei mentioned he wasn’t conscious of a journey ban on his spouse. “Nobody has given me a solution about this. I actually don’t know what the explanation for that 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. “As a substitute of repression, violence and arresting the Iranian individuals, remedy their issues,” Daei wrote in an Instagram submit in September.


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