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Iran soccer legend Daei targeted by ‘threats’ after backing protests

In this file photo taken on June 21, 1998, Iranian forward Ali Daei (L) fights for the ball with US midfielder Cobi Jones (R) during the France 1998 World Cup football match between Iran and USA at the Gerland stadium in Lyon on June 21, 1998.  (Photo by GERARD MALIE / AFP)
In this file photo taken on June 21, 1998, Iranian forward Ali Daei (L) fights for the ball with US midfielder Cobi Jones (R) during the France 1998 World Cup football match between Iran and USA at the Gerland stadium in Lyon on June 21, 1998. (Photo by GERARD MALIE / AFP)

Iranian soccer legend Ali Daei says he has been targeted by threats after backing ongoing protests in Iran triggered by the death of Mahsa Amini.

Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died on September 16, three days after her arrest by the notorious morality police while visiting Tehran with her younger brother.

Daei, whose 109 goals at international level was long unsurpassed until he was overtaken by Cristiano Ronaldo, played in Iran’s legendary 1998 2-1 World Cup victory against the United States.

He decided not go to the World Cup in Qatar due to the Iranian authorities’ deadly crackdown on the protests.

“I have received numerous threats against myself and my family in recent months and days from some organizations, media and unknown individuals,” Daei says in a statement on Instagram.

“I was taught humanity, honor, patriotism and freedom…. What do you want to achieve with such threats?” he adds

In the post, Daei also called for the “unconditional release” of prisoners arrested in the crackdown on the protests in Iran.

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