Fears grow Iran players may face reprisals for not singing national anthem | Iran

Iran’s footballers could face reprisals if they fail to sing the national anthem in their remaining World Cup group games, after a politician said the country “will never allow anyone to insult our anthem”.

The football team stayed silent while the anthem was played before their 6-2 defeat to England on Monday, in a symbolic show of support for the protest movement that has roiled Iran since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody in September.

Team Melli, as the national team is known, had previously drawn criticism from protesters for even competing in Qatar, and…

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