2022-11-25 10:25:09

Iran players sing national anthem while fans jeer before Wales World Cup match

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The Independent
By Jamie Braidwood

Irans football players sang their national anthem before facing Wales at the World Cup on Friday - after refusing to sing the anthem in their opening match against England earlier this week.

Irans fans booed and jeered the national anthem but unlike against England, the teams players did not stay silent and sang the words of the anthem.

The initial protest against England was a significant act of defiance and unity withanti-government protesters following weeks of violent protests in Iran, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody in September.

While the players sang the anthem before their match against Wales, the TV coverage of the match showed pictures of distraught Iran fans in the crowd at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar.

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