Iran summons Kurdish football player over criticizing FM

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 12: #2 Vorya Ghafouri of Iran controls the ball during the AFC Asian Cup Group D match between Vietnam and Iran at Al Nahyan Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

A player of Iran’s national football team, Vorya Ghafouri was summoned by intelligence forces over his Instagram posts, which criticized part of Foreign Minister’s speech during Munich conference.

Addressing the Munich conference, Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohamad Javad Zarif said “we are so proud of being under pressure for the sake of Palestinians,” justifying Tehran’s interventionist approach to Israel-Palestinian question in the Middle East.

Iran summons Kurdish football player over criticizing FM

The prominent football player, from the Kurdish city of Sanandaj, responded on his Instagram page, said “Mr. Zarif, you claim that you are so proud of being under pressure for the sake of Palestinians, but you must know that this is not you who are facing pressure, this is actually people who are struggling.”

Iran summons Kurdish football player over criticizing FM

A number of other football players including Ali Karimi shows their sympathy with Ghafouri regarding the Minister’s talk on this issue.

Ghafouri is reportedly summoned by intelligence after his comment.

Both Minister and the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, indirectly addressed the football players, accusing them of being “ungrateful.”

Khamenei has criticized “those who are living in such a secure country (Iran) and yet are ungrateful to the scarifies have being made by military forces.”

SOURCE:avatoday