Family of football legend Ali Daei stopped from leaving
Iranian football legend Ali Daei says an international flight has been rerouted to prevent his wife and daughter from leaving the country.
The 53-year-old, who has voiced support for anti-government protests, said his family had tried to fly from Tehran to Dubai to join him on holiday on Monday.
But the flight was made to land on an Iranian island in the Gulf and they were removed.
No reason was given and the pair are returning to Tehran, Ali Daei added.
The latest protests were triggered by the death in custody of Iranian-Kurd Mahsa Amini, 22, in September. She had been held for allegedly wearing her headscarf improperly.
More than 500 protesters, including 69 children, have been killed, while thousands of others have been arrested, human rights activists say. Dozens of Iranian security personnel are also reported to have been killed.