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World Cup 2022. The Iranians did not sing the national anthem. Iranian TV stopped broadcasting

World Cup 2022. The Iranians did not sing the national anthem.  Iranian TV stopped broadcasting

World Cup 2022. The Iranians did not sing the national anthem. Iranian TV stopped broadcasting

FIFA World Cup 2022. Iran’s players, who kicked off the World Cup in Qatar on Monday, did not sing the national anthem before the match against England. This is probably an expression of solidarity with compatriots protesting against the political regime in their homeland.

Protest of football players for events in the country. The television stopped broadcasting

Some fans gathered at the Khalifa International Stadium tried to shout the anthem, also showing thumbs down. The players, however, remained silent. Iranian television interrupted the broadcast during the anthem.

Earlier, in the stands, supporters of the Iranian team could be seen with cardboard boxes in national colors and the inscription: “woman, life, freedom” (woman, life, freedom).

Protests against the authorities have been going on in Iran for more than two months. They began after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the local morality police for inappropriate clothing. Amnesty International said on Twitter on Thursday that Iranian authorities are seeking the death penalty for 21 people involved in the protests.

Many well-known personalities in the country have condemned the regime’s actions, but so far no national football team has been among them. The players were criticized for this, and in the opinion of many, they should have refused to play in the World Cup as a sign of solidarity with their compatriots killed by the security services during the protests. In the past, the team was a source of national pride.

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