Iran players end silent protest at World Cup amid threats of reprisals
Irans players sang their national anthem before Fridays World Cup game against Wales, four days after staying silent during it in an attempt to distance themselves from their government.
There was again heavy booing and whistling of the anthem by Iran supporters inside the stadium in Qatar and some fans could be seen crying. Some players more muttered than sang the anthem.
The players change of approach comes after it emerged they could face reprisals if they failed to sing the national anthem in their remaining World Cup games. On Tuesday Mehdi Chamran, the chairman of Tehran city council, said: We will never allow anyone to insult our anthem and flag. Iranian civilisation has a history of several thousand years, this civilisation is as old as the total of European and American civilisations.
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