Solidarity with protesters; Iranian players without singing the national anthem

Doha: The Iranian team did not sing the national anthem before the first match against England in the World Cup. During the playing of the national anthem before the game, members of the team refrained from singing the national anthem.

Iran’s player, Alirez Jahanbakhshe, had stated before the match that the team will make a joint decision regarding the singing of the national anthem. He expressed solidarity with those who took part in the protest against the government. As a continuation of that, not all of Iran’s 11 players sang the national anthem.

Protests have been taking place in Iran for almost two months after the death of a young woman named Mahsa Amini in police custody. Amini died three days after his arrest. Anemi was arrested because Amini did not follow the dress code for women in Iran.

Earlier, several sportsmen refrained from singing the national anthem in solidarity with the protesters.

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