Iranian players SING their national anthem ahead of Wales game – as crying fans boo: Footballers back down following Tehran pressure after taking brave stand before England match
- Iran’s team backed down from their protest as they sung the national anthem
- They previously refused to sing in the first group game of the 2022 World Cup
- But many Iranian fans still displayed slogans supporting the protests on Friday
Iran’s football team sung their country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup clash against Wales in Qatar today, after refusing to do so in their first match.
Iran’s players appeared to back down from their protest following pressure from the Islamic regime.
Prior to their kick-off against England in their first group game on Monday, players remained silent as booing filled the ground.
Their previous refusal to sing was a show of solidarity with protesters in their home country, hundreds of whom have been killed in clashes with government security services over the death of Mahsa Amini – a woman who died in custody after being arrested by the Tehran’s morality police.
Iran ‘s football team sung their country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup clash against Wales in Qatar today, after pressure from the Islamic republic to back down from their previous protests
But many Iranian fans in the stands also displayed slogans supporting the protests on Friday, drawing particular attention to human rights issues and the plight of women.
Qatari authorities took particular issue with one female fan, who had painted her face white – with bloody tears pouring out from her eyes. She held up an Iranian football shirt displaying the name of Mahsa Amini and the number 22 – her age when she died.
Outside the stadium, Iranian fans chanted: ‘Freedom for Iran, No to Islamic Republic’ – a direct rebuke of Iran’s theocratic government and society, where woman do not enjoy the same rights as their fellow male citizens.
An Iran fan holding a shirt in memory of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman who died, aged 22, in the custody of the country’s morality police in the capital, Tehran
Pictured: An Iranian fan stages a demonstration inside the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – holding up an Iranian football shirt displaying the name of Mahsa Amini and the number 22 – her age when she died while being held by Tehran’s morality police. Protests have swept the nation since, resulting in the deaths of hundreds
The Iranian fan appeared to be confronted by official inside the Qatari stadium on Friday