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Iran ‘not beneath any stress’ after anthem protest says Taremi

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Iran ahead Mehdi Taremi on Thursday denied his workforce had come “under pressure” from their authorities after opting to not sing the nationwide anthem earlier than their first World Cup match.

The Iranians had stood impassively throughout their anthem earlier than their 6-2 defeat to England on Monday in an obvious gesture of solidarity with anti-government protesters within the Islamic republic.

Iran has been rocked by demonstrations triggered by the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after she was arrested in September for an alleged breach of the nation’s strict gown rules for girls based mostly on Islamic sharia legislation.

“I don’t like to talk about political issues but we are not under any pressure,” Taremi stated at a press convention forward of Iran’s second Group B match in opposition to Wales on Friday.

“I knew that this sort of question was going to be asked but whatever I say, it won’t matter because some people will write whatever they want to write,” he added.

“So I prefer to only talk about political issues in private or on my own social media.”

Taremi, who scored each of Iran’s targets within the heavy defeat to England, stated: “We came to play football, not just us but all of the players here in Qatar.

“Myself and 1000’s of individuals like me have the ability to vary issues.”

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz also said he didn’t believe sport and politics should mix.

“We do not need to combine these form of points in a second we play soccer,” the experienced Portuguese coach said.

“What I discover unusual, as a humble citizen of the world, is you don’t have the identical form of inquiries to the opposite coaches of the opposite nationwide groups.

“To make them the only people that need to give you answers about human being problems all over the world, I don’t think it’s fair.”

Iranian authorities on Thursday arrested a former worldwide soccer participant of Kurdish origin who has strongly supported the protests, information companies stated.

Voria Ghafouri, an outspoken determine who appeared 28 instances for Iran up till 2019, was detained over accusations that he unfold “propaganda” in opposition to Iran, the Fars information company reported.

UN rights chief Volker Turk stated on Thursday that round 14,000 folks, together with youngsters, had been arrested over the protests and decried the truth that not less than six protesters had been sentenced to demise.

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