Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz said on Tuesday that his players “The right to self-expressionduring World Cup in Qatar While a protest movement has been rocking the Islamic Republic for two months.
“It’s just like England. You follow the spirit of the game and the FIFA laws as long as you express yourself in football according to these principles and values. Everyone has the right to express himselfQueiroz was fired during a press conference in Doha, and the media broadcast his video.
“Some kneel, some agree, and some disagree. The Portuguese technician continued that Iran is exactly the same. It is indisputable to believe that the Iranian national team suffers from such problems.»
A deeply suppressed protest movement has rocked the Islamic Republic since the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who was arrested two months ago for violating strict dress codes requiring women to wear the Islamic headscarf in public.
Several Iranian national team players have expressed support for the uprising on social media, wearing black wristbands during matches or refusing to sing the national anthem.
Thus, the star of “Team Melli”, Sardar Azmoun, has made a name for himself because, in several messages on social media, he expressed his support for the protest movement and denounced the repression in his country. His Instagram account, which was followed by about five million people, was inaccessible for several days before it was restored.
The support of these players will resonate even stronger if the Iranian national team goes far in the competition, and Carlos Queiroz recalled during his press conference the degree of ambition of his subjects.
“The players have only one thing on their mind, and that is to fight for their dream of being in the second round, Did he say. They are humble people, they understand one very simple thing. If we can do it, it will be history because Iran has participated in the World Cup six times, and they have never reached the second round. They don’t want to just be part of the story, they want to make the story“, he added.
Iran is scheduled to start the World Cup on November 21 against England in Group B. He would then meet Wales on the 25th, before facing the United States on the 29th, in a very symbolic replay of the match. Date 1998, won by Iran (2-1).