The Iranian team has long been criticized for not supporting the protesters enough. There was also a meeting with the current president, Ebrahim Raisi, before the start of the World Cup. This did not go well.
Not singing the national anthem before the match was the team’s first statement. Despite this, Iranian fans at Khalifa International Stadium were booed and jeered during the match.
The latter led to annoyance with the national coach Queiroz. “In 2014 and 2018 we had the support of the fans. And I saw what happened today. I want to say to the fans: support the team or go home. Why do they come here to face the team? We don’t need it.”
- 1. Engeland 1-3 (+4)
- 2. Verenigde Staten 0-0 (-)
- 3. Wales 0-0 (-)
- 4. Iran 1-0 (-4)