Iranian fans boo their own anthem before the World Cup match against England in solidarity with the protesters at home, while the players refuse to sing.
Iran’s players refused to sing the national anthem as boos echoed from the stands before Qatar’s first World Cup match against England today.
The Iranian national team was left stone-faced as the anthem was played at the Khalifa International Stadium on Monday, in an apparent sign of solidarity with the protests currently engulfing the country at home.
Meanwhile, audible jeers and jeers were heard by supporters in the crowd, who were also seen waving banners in support of the protesters.
Iran has been rocked by more than two months of anti-regime demonstrations sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in police custody after being arrested for not wearing the mandatory hijab.
Since then, almost daily marches have been held calling for an end to the strict interpretation of the country’s Islamic laws and the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime.
News outside the country is limited amid widespread internet outages, but hundreds, if not thousands, of protesters are believed to have been killed by security forces in an increasingly violent crackdown.
Iran’s national team has come out in support of the protesters in recent weeks, with captain Ehsan Hajsafi declaring that “our people are not happy” at a pre-match press conference.