Iranian forward Ali Daei (left) battles for the ball with US midfielder Cobi Jones (right) during their clash at the 1998 World Cup – Copyright AFP Marco Longari
Iran closed a jewelry store and restaurant belonging to soccer legend Ali Daei after he backed protesters’ calls for a strike this week, local media reported on Monday.
Daei’s 109 goals at international level were unsurpassed for a long time until surpassed by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The ISNA news agency, citing the judiciary’s media center, reported that the former player’s shop and restaurant in the trendy north end of Tehran have been ordered closed.
“Following cooperation with anti-revolutionary groups in cyberspace to disturb the peace and business of the market, a court order was issued to seal the Noor Jewelry Gallery,” ISNA reported.
He said a Daei-linked restaurant was also ordered closed, but he did not give details.
Last week, Daei said he had been the target of threats after supporting protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini.
Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died in custody on September 16, three days after her arrest by the morality police for an alleged violation of the country’s strict dress code for women.
The protests have continued for almost three months. There have been hundreds of deaths and thousands of arrests, including of soccer players and other celebrities.
Daei played in Iran’s legendary 2-1 World Cup victory against the United States in 1998.
He said he decided not to go to the current World Cup in Qatar due to the Iranian authorities’ deadly crackdown on protests.
Daei also played in the German Bundesliga, including with Bayern Munich.