Iran’s gamers didn’t sing their nationwide anthem earlier than their opening sport of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar in opposition to England on Monday.
Forward of the sport, captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh stated the workforce would determine “collectively” whether or not or to not refuse to sing the anthem in help of anti-government protesters in Iran.
The 11 Iranian gamers stood impassively and grim-faced as their anthem rang out across the Khalifa Worldwide Stadium.
Iran has been rocked by two months of nationwide protests because the loss of life of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in morality police custody on September 16.
Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish origin, died three days after her arrest in Tehran over an alleged breach of the Islamic republic’s gown code for girls, which incorporates the necessary hijab headband.
Some Iranian athletes have chosen to not sing the nationwide anthem or rejoice their victories in help of the protesters.