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Iranian Soccer Player Arrested Amid World Cup Scrutiny

Voria Ghafouri in 2021.

Voria Ghafouri in 2021.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Iran arrested a prominent former member of its national soccer team on Thursday over his criticism of the government as authorities grapple with nationwide protests that have cast a shadow over its competition at the World Cup.