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Iran: 'Support the people' vs 'key factor in loss' -  National team’s anthem silence at World Cup divides opinion in Tehran03:13

Iran: 'Support the people' vs 'key factor in loss' - National team’s anthem silence at World Cup divides opinion in Tehran

Iran, Islamic Republic of, Tehran
November 23, 2022 at 13:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Opinions of Tehran residents differed regarding the national football team's refusal to sing the national anthem before their first match against England, as seen in footage filmed in the capital on Wednesday.

One local, Behzad, supported the national team's move, saying that they showed 'sympathy' to their people, while another local added that it was a sign of 'support.'

“They did not sing the anthem in conformity with the people and in support of them, and [ to defend themselves from] the sayings about them and so, the reason was to support the people," Omid stated.

Meanwhile, Malek Mohammadi criticised the national team, saying "we have internal disputes with each other but they should have sung it there."

Some of those interviewed said it affected the team's performance, leading to the 6-2 defeat.

"It was a key factor in their loss because it shows they did not have a good mentality. If they did not sing the anthem, they did not do the right thing as the anthem belongs to all the people just like the flag," said Ali.

Iran face Wales on Friday in their next group B match, before their clash with the USA on November 29.

Iran: 'Support the people' vs 'key factor in loss' -  National team’s anthem silence at World Cup divides opinion in Tehran03:13
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Opinions of Tehran residents differed regarding the national football team's refusal to sing the national anthem before their first match against England, as seen in footage filmed in the capital on Wednesday.

One local, Behzad, supported the national team's move, saying that they showed 'sympathy' to their people, while another local added that it was a sign of 'support.'

“They did not sing the anthem in conformity with the people and in support of them, and [ to defend themselves from] the sayings about them and so, the reason was to support the people," Omid stated.

Meanwhile, Malek Mohammadi criticised the national team, saying "we have internal disputes with each other but they should have sung it there."

Some of those interviewed said it affected the team's performance, leading to the 6-2 defeat.

"It was a key factor in their loss because it shows they did not have a good mentality. If they did not sing the anthem, they did not do the right thing as the anthem belongs to all the people just like the flag," said Ali.

Iran face Wales on Friday in their next group B match, before their clash with the USA on November 29.