The former international striker said his wife and daughter were traveling from Tehran to Dubai when the plane was diverted.
Iranian football legend Ali Daei said his wife and daughter had been ordered to disembark after a flight from Tehran to Dubai was rerouted, according to Iranian news outlets.
One of Iran’s most famous footballers and former German Bundesliga striker, Cristiano Ronaldo’s 109 goals at international level stood out for a long time until he surpassed him. His wife and daughter said they were on a Mahan Air plane that took off from Imam, the Iranian capital. Khomeini Airport was headed to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported.
But the plane was rerouted and landed on Iran’s Kish Island in the Gulf, where “Ali Daei’s wife and daughter disembarked from the plane,” state news agency IRNA said.
Daei, who has voiced support for the protests that have rocked Iran since the death of 22-year-old Masa Amini after being arrested by the moral police in Tehran on suspicion of violating a strict dress code for women, said: Said he was trying to adjust. his family’s return to Tehran.
“My daughter and wife were removed from the plane but not arrested,” ISNA reported.
“If prohibited [from leaving], the passport police system should indicate that: no one gave me an answer for this. I really don’t know what the reason for these things is,” he said.
“My wife and daughter were traveling to and from Dubai for a few days,” he added.
Flight tracking website Flightradar24 showed that Mahan Air flight W563 was diverted to Kish Island and headed to Dubai in a few hours.
Citing the judiciary, IRNA said, “Daei’s wife promised to inform the relevant authorities of her decision before leaving the country.”
There were no comments from the airline or Iranian authorities.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency, believed to be close to the Revolutionary Guard, said a travel ban was imposed on Daei’s wife earlier this month because she supported the protests. and her final destination was the United States.
Protests have continued in Iran since the death of Amini, an Iranian Kurdish man, in September.
Daei used social media on September 27 to call on the government to “solve the problems of the Iranian people instead of using repression, violence and arrests.”
In October, Daehé told Agence France-Presse that his passport had been confiscated by police when he returned from abroad and was returned a few days later.
In early December, his jewelry store and restaurant in Tehran’s fashionable north were put on lockdown and local media closed for “collaborating with counter-revolutionary groups in cyberspace to disrupt market peace and business.” It was reported that he was ordered to
Daei, who had an illustrious career playing in Iran’s 2-1 World Cup victory in 1998, said he was targeted with threats after he supported protests sparked by Amini’s death.
Protests have spread across the country and pose the biggest challenge for Iranian officials in decades. At least 507 protesters were killed and more than 18,500 arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran (HRAI), a group closely monitoring the riots.
Iranian authorities have not released the number of people killed or arrested.
Leaderless protesters rallying under the slogan “Women, Life and Freedom” say they are fed up with decades of social and political repression by clerics.
Iranian officials have blamed foreign adversaries, including the United States and Israel, for the unrest.