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The Iranian team does sing the anthem in its second match in the World Cup in Qatar

Most of the players of the Iranian soccer team have sung the national anthem in the moments before the second game in the World Cup in Qatar, after their silence in the first game was interpreted as a veiled endorsement of the unleashed protests after the death of the young Mahsa Amini. The soccer team has traditionally been an element of unity for Iranians, but in recent weeks it has been embroiled in all kinds of controversy. He has received criticism for his alleged gestures from players both for and against the regime.

On November 14, he posed with the president, Ebrahim Raisi, in what was understood as an alignment with the government at a time when thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the death of Amini, arrested for wearing the wrong dress. veil, and claim social advances. On Monday, however, the players avoided singing the anthem, which was interpreted as a gesture of criticism. Iranian state television, in fact, interrupted the broadcast to avoid showing it, given that even the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has publicly warned all athletes “not to disrespect” the country.

On Thursday, Iranian security forces detained soccer player Voria Ghafouri in Iran for insulting the national team and promoting messages contrary to the interests of the Islamic Republic, the Fars agency reported. In the stands and the streets of Qatar, slogans in favor of women and freedom in Iran have also been seen. According to ‘The Guardian’, boos were heard this Friday when the Iranian anthem was played in the stadium.

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