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Iranian footballer arrested in World Cup scrutiny

Iranian footballer arrested in World Cup scrutiny

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran on Thursday arrested a prominent former member of its national soccer team for criticizing the government as authorities grapple with nationwide protests that have cast a shadow on his competition at the World Cup. The semi-official Fars and Tasnim news agencies reported that Voria Ghafouri had been arrested …

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Top US diplomat slams FIFA armband threat at World Cup

Top US diplomat slams FIFA armband threat at World Cup

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat on Tuesday criticized FIFA’s decision to threaten World Cup players with yellow cards if they wear armbands supporting inclusion and diversity. Speaking alongside his Qatari counterpart at a press conference, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was “always concerning (…) when we see restrictions on …

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