Iran stars refuse to sing national anthem vs England in protest

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The Khalifa International Stadium became a cauldron of emotion ahead of Iran’s World Cup Group B opener against England as players refused to sign their national anthem in protest. Fans were pictured in tears as Iran’s stars stood in solidarity with the fight against recent repression in their country that has grabbed headlines.

Carlos Queiroz’s side kick-start their 2022 World Cup campaign ahead of a backdrop of passionate global protests, adding to the political focus of the winter tournament in Qatar. The death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini has triggered violent protests nationwide, with millions joining the fight across the world.

Amini was in police custody after being arrested for a breach of the Islamic dress code before her death in September. Her tragic fate at the hands of Iran’s ruling regime intensified strong resentment and fury over the oppression of women’s rights and freedom of expression in the country.

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