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Iranian footballers show solidarity with protests over Mahsa Amini’s death | Iran


Iranian players hid their national symbols by wearing jackets ahead of the friendly match with Senegal on Tuesday night, in a show of solidarity with protests against the repression of women in their home country.

The past 11 days have been marked by significant unrest in Iran following the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested on September 13 for refusing to wear the hijab. There were many protests and ahead of their game in Maria Enzersdorf, a town just outside Vienna, the national team made their anger visible.

Carlos Queiroz’s team wore black jackets as the national anthems were played, hiding their country’s colors and badge. The game was played behind closed doors by decree of the Iranian Football Association, which owned the rights to the game, but a significant number of protesters gathered outside in an attempt to make their voices heard on television channels. television.

Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi listens to the national anthem - all Iranian players wore black jackets which covered the national team badge.
Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi listens to the national anthem – all Iranian players wore black jackets which covered the national team badge. Photograph: Jakub Sukup/AFP/Getty Images

On Sunday, influential Iranian striker Sardar Azmoun spoke out in favor of the protests via his Instagram account. “At worst, I will be fired from the national team,” wrote the Bayern Leverkusen player. “No problem. I would sacrifice that for a hair on the head of Iranian women. This story will not be deleted. They can do whatever they want. Shame on you for killing so easily; long live Iranian women.

Azmoun, who scored in the 1-1 draw with Senegal and is expected to be a key player for Iran at the World Cup in Qatar, deleted the post but posted a new softer entry on Wednesday morning. Iranian women. He joined a number of teammates in blacking out profile pictures on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Last week, another national team player, Zobeir Niknafs, produced an Instagram video in which he shaved his head in solidarity with the protests.

Gareth Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland were among those allowed inside to watch the game. England begin their World Cup campaign against Iran on November 21.

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