US Soccer 'did NOT coordinate with players, coach, or government before tweeting controversial flag'

US Soccer ‘DID NOT coordinate with the team’s players, coach Gregg Berhalter or the federal government before tweeting the image of the Iranian flag without the emblem of the Islamic Republic’

  • US Soccer’s social media accounts posted altered images of the Iran flag
  • The images showed the flag without the emblem of the Islamic Republic.
  • The posts were meant to show solidarity with women in Iran, but have caused massive diplomatic tensions. Iran calls for US to be sanctioned by FIFA
  • And a new report says that the players, the coaches had no say in the matter.
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US Soccer did not consult players, coaches or the federal government before displaying the Iranian flag on official social media accounts without the Islamic Republic emblem, according to a new report.

Ahead of Tuesday’s clash between the United States and Iran, the team posted an altered version of the nation’s flag on Instagram and Twitter to show “our support for women in Iran with our graphic for 24 hours,” US Soccer told the PA.

But players and coaches were surprised by the move, according to yahoo! Sportsand the decision is now causing a diplomatic storm as the Iranian government has called for the United States to be expelled from the tournament.

Iran has been in a state of turmoil for months after the death on September 16 of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who had been detained by the country’s moral police, as protesters took to the streets to defend the rights of women. women.

Protests in Iran have led to the deaths of at least 450 people since they began, as well as more than 18,000 arrests, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran.

USMNT communications director Michael Kammarman explained the reason for the now controversial posts during a press conference on Sunday in Qatar.

The United States World Cup Twitter account had been referring to Iran without the emblem of the Islamic Republic on social media.

The Us Soccer Federation Has Said It Has Made The Gesture As A Symbol Of Solidarity With The Women Protesting In Iran.

The US soccer federation has said it has made the gesture as a symbol of solidarity with the women protesting in Iran.

“The intention of the post was to show support for women’s rights,” she said.

It was meant to be a moment. We made the publication at the time. All other representations of the flag remain consistent and will continue.’

The original posts were later removed from Instagram and Twitter.

Defender Walker Zimmerman confirmed that the players were unaware of the federation’s decision to make a statement of solidarity, although he made clear the team’s feelings on women’s rights.

‘We didn’t know about the publication, but we are supporters of women’s rights. We always have been,’ she said.

We are very focused on Tuesday from a sporting point of view too, you know. So you brought it up as a distraction. I think this is such a task-focused group. But at the same time, we identify with and are strong believers in women’s rights and we support them.’

According to sources who spoke to Yahoo! Sports, American soccer consulted with ‘Iranian American experts’.

But the report added: “A spokesperson for the US State Department confirmed in a statement that there was “no coordination on this action.”

The United States faces Iran who need a win to avoid elimination from the tournament.

Walker Zimmerman Said The Team Is A

Walker Zimmerman said the team is a “big supporter” of women’s rights during the session.

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