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QATAR 2022: Iran team refuses to sing national anthem at FIFA World Cup match

Captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh said the team would take a decision on whether or not to sing the anthem in support of anti-government protesters in Iran.

The Iranian football team has refused to sing national anthem before FIFA World Cup game against England at the Khalifa International Stadium in Ar-Rayyan.

As they played their first match against England on Monday, November 21, the players did not sing their national anthem before their opening game of the World Cup in Qatar.

The Iranian captain Alireza Jahanbakhsh said the team would take a collective decision on whether or not to refuse to sing the anthem in support of anti-government protesters in Iran.

Iran is playing gropup B opener at the Khalifa International Stadium which became a cauldron of emotions, with fans left in tears as players refused to sign their national anthem in protest.The stadium saw fans in tears as Iran team stood in solidarity in protest against recent repression in their country following the death of 22-year-old woman Mahsa Amini.

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