Iran players choose not to sing national anthem in FIFA World Cup match against England
To show their solidarity towards the protesters back home, the Iranian players have chosen not to sing their country's national anthem before the World Cup match against England on Monday.
FIFA World Cup 2022: Iran Skips National Anthem Before Cup Opener Against England
The Iranian players stood impassively and grim-faced as their anthem rang out around the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. Iran has been shaken by two months of nationwide protests since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in morality police custody on September 16.
Iran's soccer team silent during national anthem in Qatar in support of protesters back home
Iran's World Cup team declined to sing their national anthem before their opening World Cup match on Monday in a sign of support for mass protests back home after many fans accused the squad of siding with a violent state crackdown on the unrest.