Iran’s players did not sing their national anthem ahead off their opening World Cup match with England.
Fans reportedly booed, and held up signs in support of widespread protests that have swept the country in recent months.
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DOHA, QATAR – NOVEMBER 21: Iran fans hold up protest signs ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between England and IR Iran at Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, 2022 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Image
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Earlier on Monday, England, Wales, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands announced they will not wear One Love armbands at the World Cup.
The decision to not wear the armband comes after it was confirmed that captains who wore it would face disciplinary action in the form of a yellow card.
Speaking before the game on BBC former England defender Rio Ferdinand said that federations needed to be stronger.
“The organisations have to come at this together with a unified approach and say this is where we stand, this is where we go now.
“They’ve had one bump in the road and they’ve folded like a pack of cards.”
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