The Iranian nationwide staff has toed a high-quality line between expressing support for protesters back home and risking severe repercussions from the regime for doing so. They’ve been criticized for not being extra vocal in regards to the regime’s violent suppression of dissent on the world stage, the Associated Press reported. Some additionally known as out Ezatolahi for failing to say that Samak was killed by safety forces.
The staff additionally confronted criticism early on for assembly with and bowing to President Ebrahim Raisi earlier than they traveled to Qatar for the World Cup. Through the competitors, nonetheless, the gamers appeared to cautiously specific solidarity with protesters again dwelling.
Forward of its first match, staff captain Ehsan Hajsafi acknowledged the oppression of Iranians again dwelling, saying the “circumstances in our nation are usually not proper.”
“We’re right here, however it doesn’t imply that we shouldn’t be their voice or we should not respect them,” he mentioned.
The teammates additionally stayed silent because the Iranian nationwide anthem performed at their first match towards England, in what many interpreted as a present of assist to protesters.
They had been later threatened by the members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and advised their households would face “violence and torture” in the event that they participated in any political protest towards the federal government, CNN reported, citing an nameless supply.
The staff joined in singing the nationwide anthem of their different two video games, towards Wales after which the US.