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Iranian players SING their national anthem ahead of the game in Wales

Iranian players SING their national anthem ahead of Wales game – as howling fans boo: Footballers back down from pressure from Tehran after taking courageous stances ahead of England game

  • The Iranian team withdrew from their protest as they sang the national anthem
  • They previously refused to sing in the first group match of the 2022 World Cup
  • But many Iranian fans still showed slogans in support of Friday’s protests

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Iran’s football team sang their country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup match against Wales in Qatar today after refusing to do so in their first game.

Iran’s players appeared to be withdrawing from their protest under pressure from the Islamic regime.

Ahead of kicking off against England in their first group game on Monday, the players fell silent as the cheers filled the ground.

Their previous refusal to sing was a show of solidarity with protesters in their homeland, hundreds of whom have died in clashes with government security forces over the death of Mahsa Amini – a woman who died in custody after being arrested by vice squads from Tehran. .

Iran's football team sang their country's national anthem ahead of their World Cup match against Wales in Qatar today following pressure from the Islamic Republic to back down from their earlier protests

Iran’s football team sang their country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup match against Wales in Qatar today following pressure from the Islamic Republic to back down from their earlier protests

But many Iranian fans in the stands still displayed slogans in support of Friday’s protests, drawing particular attention to human rights issues and the plight of women.

Qatari authorities had a particularly hard time with a female fan, who had painted her face white – with bloody tears streaming from her eyes. She held up an Iranian soccer jersey with the name Mahsa Amini and the number 22 – her age when she died.

Outside the stadium, Iranian fans chanted “Freedom for Iran, no to the Islamic Republic” – a direct rebuke to Iran’s theocratic government and society, where women do not enjoy the same rights as their fellow male citizens.

An Iran fan holds a shirt in memory of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman who died aged 22 in the custody of the country's vice police in the capital Tehran

An Iran fan holds a shirt in memory of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman who died aged 22 in the custody of the country's vice police in the capital Tehran

An Iran fan holds a shirt in memory of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman who died aged 22 in the custody of the country’s vice police in the capital Tehran

Pictured: An Iranian fan holds a demonstration at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium - holding up an Iranian soccer jersey with the name Mahsa Amini and the number 22 - her age when she died while being held by Tehran's vice squad.  Since then, protests have swept the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths

Pictured: An Iranian fan holds a demonstration at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium - holding up an Iranian soccer jersey with the name Mahsa Amini and the number 22 - her age when she died while being held by Tehran's vice squad.  Since then, protests have swept the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths

Pictured: An Iranian fan holds a demonstration at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – holding up an Iranian soccer jersey with the name Mahsa Amini and the number 22 – her age when she died while being held by Tehran’s vice squad. Since then, protests have swept the country, resulting in hundreds of deaths

The Iranian fan appeared to be confronted by an official at the Qatari stadium on Friday

The Iranian fan appeared to be confronted by an official at the Qatari stadium on Friday

The Iranian fan appeared to be confronted by an official at the Qatari stadium on Friday

Qatari police officials also objected to fans waving Iranian flags with black crosses.

Images appeared to show police asking fans to remove the flags as they suppressed protests on the ground.

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Source: Dailymail

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