THE BALL – Captain «supportive» with the people’s pain: «The conditions in our country are not right» (Iran)

Iran is on the agenda due to several demonstrations against the regime in recent weeks. The team present at the World Cup shows signs of disagreement with the oppression in the country as they can – for example, on Tuesday the players did not sing the anthem before the game against England – and captain Ehsan Hajsafi reiterated support for the population at a conference on press alongside coach Carlos Queiroz.

“First, I offer my condolences to all the bereaved families in Iran. And I want them to know that we are with them and we stand in solidarity with them», said Hajsafi, who works at AEK Athens, Greece.

If in the game the Iranian players refused to sing the anthem, the players’ whistles were heard from the stands, with Iranian TV not broadcasting this moment on television.

“We have to recognize that the current conditions in our country are not right and our people are not satisfied. They must know that we are with them, that we share their pain”, he added.

Iran has been the scene of protests since the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, who died three days after her arrest in the capital Tehran by the Morality Police, who accused her of violating the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code, which includes the wearing of a headscarf for women.