Fifa World Cup: Iran players stay mute during national anthem ‘to support protests’

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Iran’s national soccer team chose not to sing their country’s anthem before their opening World Cup match against England on Monday, in an apparent show of support for protesters back home, reported Reuters.

All of the starting eleven players were silent as the anthem was played at the Khalifa International Stadium.

More than two months of nationwide protests, sparked by the death of a young woman in the custody of the morality police, are among the boldest challenges posed to Iran’s clerical leaders since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, reads the report.

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