Iranian players skip singing national anthem in FIFA to show solidarity with women’s protests

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Iranian players did not sing the national anthem in protest in their first FIFA world cup.

Before the opening match of the World Cup Group B against England at the Khalifa International Stadium, emotional scenes were seen from Iranian players and fans.

Captain Ali Raza had stated ahead of the game that the players will decide collectively whether or not to refuse to sing the anthem in support of anti-government demonstrators in Iran.

As their national hymn went out the 11 Iranian players remained still and grim-faced.

In solidarity with the demonstrators in Iran, several Iranian athletes have opted not to sing the national anthem or celebrate their victory.

The Iranian spectators in the stadium were overwhelmed by the emotions of nature when they saw their fans. Iranian players protested against the situation and actions of the country.

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