The eleven Iranian players refrained from singing their national anthem before the kick-off of their first match of the World Cup-2022 against England, Monday in Doha.
A (very) strong gesture. Ahead of the England-Iran encounter as part of the opening day of the World Cup in Qatar, Iranian players refrained from singing their national anthem in protest against the Iranian regime’s crackdown on protests. During the week, their captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh had explained that the players would decide ” collectively whether or not to sing the national anthem as a sign of support for the victims of the harshly repressed demonstrations in their country.
In the stands, some Iranian supporters who came to support their national team carried demands for the freedom of women in Iran with placards which read: Women Life Freedom “. Before the match, near the stadium, supporters sang the name of Masha Amini, this young Iranian woman killed on September 16. She had been arrested by the morality police in Tehran for not respecting the strict dress code imposed by the regime. Since then, Iran has been plagued by numerous demonstrations.
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