FIFA World Cup in Qatar: Iran’s Soccer Team Refuses to Sing National Anthem 

Source: Twitter - Sakshi Post

Doha: Ahead of their opening World Cup match against England on Monday, Iran’s soccer players refused to sing their national anthem even as their anthem echoed in the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. 

The footballers of Iran’s national team took this stand in apparent support for anti-government protesters in their country. Prior to the start of the game, the team captain Alireza Jahanbaksh said the team would take a collective decision whether or not to refuse to sing the national anthem in solidarity for demonstrations against Iran's regime.

The situation in Iran continues to simmer even two months after a young woman’s custodial death over the hijab issue. On September 16, a 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died in police custody three days after her arrest over an alleged breach of the Islamic Republic’s dress code for women which includes mandatory headscarf. 

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