‘We are all Mahsa’: Iranians in Doha for World Cup voice anger at regime | Iran

Hundreds of Iranian fans arrived at Doha’s Khalifah stadium on Monday with a secret: they wanted their national team to lose.

“In my heart, I don’t want them to win,” said Mokhtar, 59, wincing visibly at the admission. The propaganda value of defeating Iran’s former colonial master, England, would simply be too irresistible for the country’s embattled rulers, he said.

“The players would go home and meet the president, they would be celebrated by the mullahs,” he said.

The Iranian colours painted on his face were starting to crack in the afternoon sun. “I still hope they…

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