World Cup 2022: Iranian national players challenge regime leaders in their country – The Guardian

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Iranian players remained silent as their country’s national anthem was played

In its editorial, The Guardian newspaper addressed the position of the players of the Iranian national football team in its first match in the World Cup finals in Qatar against England.

The Iranian players unusually refrained from performing their country’s national anthem, which was played before the start of the match.

The Guardian viewed what the Iranian players have done as a challenge to their country’s rulers and in solidarity with the protests led by women and then joined by various segments of society.

The paper added in its op-ed that what began as a refusal to force women to wear the hijab has evolved into a collective expression of anger against a repressive regime.

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