Hijab crackdown: Iranian football team will face the music for not singing national anthem at World Cup IG News

The Iranian government is considering taking action against its football team for not singing the national anthem during their World Cup opening match against England.

All 11 players stood in silence during the playing of the national anthem at the Khalifa International Stadium in Ar-Rayon.

Some Iranian fans at the match carried banners with the slogan “Women, life and freedom”, one of the main slogans of the ongoing popular uprising in Iran.

Mehdi Chamran, chairman of the Tehran City Council, indicated that the team could face consequences for not singing the national anthem.

He said, ‘We will not allow anyone to disrespect our national anthem and flag. Iranian civilization has a history of several thousand years, this civilization is as old as the total European and American civilizations.

A conservative member of parliament from Kurdistan also criticized the team, saying that the players should be replaced with people who would agree to sing Iran’s national anthem.

Many Iranian sports stars and celebrities have voiced their support for the protests in Iran, and have been punished by the Iranian government.

They include football legend Ali Daei, whose passport was confiscated by authorities after he criticized the ‘repression’ against protesters demonstrating against the government.

RAN has been rocked by protests from angry women and students following the death in custody of 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested by ‘morality police’ for allegedly wearing a headscarf.

According to the Human Rights Activists’ News Agency (HRANA), 381 people were killed in the recent protests, including 57 minors. The agency said it has witnessed the arrest of 16,088 people besides the killing of 50 security personnel.

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