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What will happen to the Iranian soccer team when it returns to Iran?

Iran’s national football team did not sing its national anthem before the World Cup match against England and could now face sanctions if they continue to protest.

On Tuesday, November 22, Mehdi Chamran, head of the Tehran City Council, said: “We will not allow anyone to insult our anthem and flag. Iranian civilization has a history of several thousand years, this civilization is as old as the sum of European and American civilizations.”

Fans were divided over the move with some supporting the subtle, but still dangerous, move Others felt It’s “the least they could do”. The world will now be watching to see if the Iranians continue to make their anti-government gesture when they take on Wales onriday (25 November).

What is happening in Iran?

22-year-old Mahsa (Jenny) Amini was detained in September by the so-called morality police after she allegedly failed to comply with the country’s strict hijab laws. No one was charged with killing Amini, but instead the government killed more than 400 unarmed civilians and arrested more than 15,000 protesters.

Protests around the world following the death of Mahsa Amini in September

The Islamic Republic’s parliament voted in favor of severely punishing the protesters, and referred to those arrested as “moharib” (enemy of God). Despite the severe punishments these protesters faced, the regime still seems unable to contain the protests.

What do soccer players do to protest?

Team Mele’s refusal to sing the national anthem leads them to join other athletes showing solidarity with the protesters. Parmida Ghasemi, an Iranian archer, recently removed her veil during an award ceremony in Tehran, although she later stated that this was actually due to “wind and pressure”.

In the final of the Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup in the United Arab Emirates, Iranian Saeed Bayramoun celebrated his goal by pointing to cut his hair which has now become an international symbol of support for Iranian women and those calling for change.

Similarly, after scoring a goal in a futsal match, Hashem Sher Ali praised Baloch activist Khodanour Lajei by sitting with his arms outstretched as if they were locked around a pole (much like what Lajei suffered at the hands of the Iranian police). .

Iran’s soccer team was initially criticized for even planning to compete in Qatar, and those feelings were exacerbated when they were photographed bowing to President Ebrahim Raisi at a farewell ceremony. During their match against England, fans booed from the stands and some wore T-shirts and signs reading “Woman, Life,reedom”.

what was said

Before his country’s first match in Qatar, Iran’s captain, Ehsan Hajsafi, said: Before anything else, I would like to express my condolences to all the bereaved families in Iran. They should know that we are with them, we support them and we sympathize with them.

“We have to accept that the conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy. We are here but that does not mean that we should not be their voice or that we should not respect them.”

Heavy censorship of the Iranian media meant that little was reported about the football team’s failure to sing the national anthem. However, Kayhan newspaper, which is probably the closest to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, published a report, as published in guardianHe says, “For weeks, foreign media have waged an unprecedented and unprecedented psychological-media war against this team.

This campaign has spared no effort in creating a rift between the Iranian people and the members of the Iranian football team, as well as producing false divisions. This political media movement, especially from Londoners, with the support and coordination of local patriots, from film and sports celebrities to chain media and Telegram channels, and even reformist political figures, have joined forces to attack the players.”

When is Iran’s next match?

Iran will play Wales onriday 25 November 2022 with kick-off time at 10am BST. The match will be available to watch on BBC One and BBC iPlayer for those interested in streaming.

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