Ali Daei, a hero of Iranian football

Has decided not to attend the World Cup to show support for the country's protestors.

Ali Daei, the all-time leading scorer for Iran in international competition.

Said on Monday that he will not be traveling to Qatar for the World Cup next week.

On Instagram, he explained why he wouldn't be bringing his family to the World Cup.

"I refused the official invitation of FIFA and Qatar Football Federation to attend the World Cup."

"I desire to be next to you in my birthplace and offer my condolences with all the families who lost loved ones throughout these days," .

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