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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Iranians attacked their national team on social media as they took to the field to play their first match of the World Cup against England on Monday, while reports and images circulated of another bloody crackdown on a protest in their homeland. Iran’s players refused to sing the national anthem of the Islamic Republic before the match in Qatar, staying conspicuously silent as it was played at the Khalifa International Stadium. But they faced criticism from supporters of an uprising that has persisted for more than two months in the face of severe repression.“Iran is the only country in the World Cup whose people want their national football team to lose,” said Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad. “The team doesn’t represent the people but the regime. We want our people to win in the streets.”Others shared hashtags such as “SayTheirName” and “Qatar2022” highlighting those that have died during the protests.Twitter user Yanaki Manaki said “While English fans are overjoyed waiting for the kick-off whistle, Iranian fans can’t take their mind off the victims of the brutal Islamic Republic of Iran, especially those who loved football. In this world cup, there’s no joy for Iranians.”Journalist Maryam Moqaddam wrote: “Do you know who also liked football? Sarina Esmailzadeh. Do you know who killed her? The Islamic republic regime forces in Iran. Do you know how old was she? 16.”“For Mohsen Mohammadpour, Iranian people’s favorite football fan, a construction worker and student who was killed during 2019 bloody November protests in Iran. He was only 17,” she said. Iranians have been protesting against the clerical regime in dozens of cities since the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody on September 16, despite a crackdown from security forces. More than 400 protesters have been killed, according to NGOs.Demonstrations have continued in Iran’s northern Kurdish towns, and social media posts from the region on Monday appeared to show protesters being shot with live ammunition. See moreIran-Nov20: IRGC snippers shoot people from judiciary building in Kurdish city of Javanrud, killing multiple people, including a child.
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. #مهسا_امینی pic.twitter.com/E8elFpN6SA— Khosro Kalbasi Isfahani (@KhosroKalbasi) November 20, 2022Protesters have increasingly focused on the national team ahead of its appearance at the World Cup. A group of activists asked Fifa to expel Iran from the competition last month. More on IranPowerful moment Iran World Cup team refuse to sing their national anthem amid protests at home21 November, 2022Iran's World Cup captain backs protesters at home, as Harry Kane is urged to support him21 November, 2022Iran's World Cup fans fear 'thousands of spies': Why England's opener is much more than a game19 November, 2022Players have been criticised for not showing solidarity with the uprising. Banners of the team were burned by demonstrators in the capital Tehran in the week before the World Cup. In what appeared to be another act of protest, Iranian fans carrying the Persian flag were banned from entering the game unless they gave up the flag, The New York Times reported.University student Elmira, 24, told Reuters that Iran should not be playing in Qatar ahead of the England game. “I have mixed feelings. I love football but with all these children, women and men killed in Iran, I think the national team should not play,” she said. “They could refuse to take part in the World Cup or even refuse to play if they were forced to go, to show that they are part of the nation, to show solidarity with mothers in Iran whose children were killed by the regime.”Iranian players have responded to the unrest. Captain Ehsan Hajsasi said on Saturday: “We have to accept the conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy. We are here but it does not mean we should not be their voice. I hope conditions change.”Chants of “shameless” were reported from Iranian fans at the stadium during the match with England.
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