According to ISNA's semi-official report, former Persian national team captain and country's record goalscorer Ali Daei will not be able to attend the FIFA ceremony, which will be held at the end of this month, due to the travel ban imposed on him by the Islamic Republic.
FIFA is preparing to hold a ceremony where they will honor the sport's most distinguished members. He also invited Daei to the ceremony to be held in Paris on February 27.
The 53-year-old Daei, known as the "monarch" (Shahriyar in Persian) of Iranian football, is a former German Bundesliga striker whose 109 goals at the international level were long unsurpassed until Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo overtook him in 2021.
Daei's passport was confiscated for his support of the anti-government demonstrations that have rocked Iran for the past five months. Then they closed Daei's restaurant and jewelery store in Tehran.
There are other athletes who are affected by these pressures of the Iranian regime. FIFA, on the other hand, has been criticized for not responding to these pressures against the sport.