Iran has made a charge against former footballer Ali Karimi for supporting the protests over Mahsa Amini's death in morality police custody, as reported by Iranian media.
Tehran: The violence regarding the hijab row in Iran has so far taken about 100 lives. Iran has made a charge against former footballer Ali Karimi for supporting the protests over Mahsa Amini’s death in morality police custody, as reported by Iranian media.
The entire country has been under the grip of unrest since the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman was declared on September 16. She was arrested in Tehran after failing to follow the Islamic Republic’s dress code for women.
The Iranian judiciary has accused former Iranian and Bayern Munich midfielder Ali Karimi of escalating the disturbance in several parts of the country, as per the Mehr news agency
Mehr added that Karimi, who moved to the UAE a few months ago, was responsible for spreading the hatred message, supporting lawbreakers, and giving voice to the protest.
The 43-year-old former footballer and coach has more than 13 million followers on Instagram, where he has been regularly supporting the protests and condemning Amini’s death through social media, saying “nothing can wash away this disgrace.”
Several conservative media groups blamed Karimi on Wednesday for spreading riots in Iran and adding fuel to the fire, which led to the deaths of a lot of people, including many security personnel during the protest.
However, after last week’s Friday prayers, “a group” of regime supporters gathered outside the Karimi home in Tehran and chanted “death to the organiser of sedition,” Mehr reported.
Karimi, a noted footballer and the 2004 Asian Football Confederation Player of the Year, is a public figure in Iran. He played his club football in Germany between 2005 and 2007.
Not only Karimi, several other Iranian sportsmen, actors, and filmmakers have come together and supported the movement against hijab, asking the government to listen to people’s demands.
Last week another footballer, Hossein Maahini, was apprehended by the order of the judicial authorities for giving his support to protesters on social media, which led to more riots in the country.