The well-known soccer player Voria Ghafouri was arrested on Thursday in Iran on charges of anti-state propaganda. The Iranian agency Fars reported that Ghafouri was taken into custody on the instructions of the judicial authorities after a training session at his club Foolad Khuzestan.
He was captain of well-known capital city club Esteghlal Tehran but was banned from the club in July for repeatedly criticizing the Iranian authorities.
Iran has been shaken by a wave of protests since mid-September. The trigger was the death of the 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in police custody - she had been arrested by the vice squad because she is said to have worn her headscarf improperly.