VIDEO: Heartbreaking Scenes Unfold as Iran Forced to Sing National Anthem at the FIFA World Cup 2022

Published 11/25/2022, 8:14 AM EST

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Iran played against Wales in a Group B encounter at Ahmed Bin Ali stadium in Al Rayyan, Qatar. Today is an important game for both teams, as they keep their hopes alive for the knockout stages. Iran suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of England in the opening match, whereas Wales played out a 1-1 draw against USMNT.

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Iran caught the eye of the world when the players refused to sing National Anthem during the England game. This was in response to showing solidarity with the protests going on in Iran. Also, fans booed when National Anthem played before the match.

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However, things changed during the current game against Wales, where Iran players sang the national anthem before the game. Fans were emotional, and some sections booed during the anthem. The scenes in the stadium were full of emotions.

The players were applauded by many on social media after the first game. Their stance on the situation in Iran was labeled as courageous by many. At the same time, fans warned of the repercussions they might face for their actions. They feared that this act would affect not only the players but their families, too.

How are the fans reacting to the news?

Fans took to social media to voice out their reactions when they saw Iran players singing the national anthem.

Fans’ reaction speaks volumes as they are showing support for the players and people from Iran. Qatar WC has been marred by various controversies and the list goes on growing.

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What’s next for the Iran Team?

Iran went on to beat Wales deep in the added time and kept their knockout stage hopes alive. This win was very special for the players and the fans. Their hopes to qualify for knockouts took a big blow when they suffered a huge defeat to England. They will have to give it all against USMNT in their last game of the group stage, although other results are important.

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FIFA has been clear about focusing only on football, and not on politics. They also warned the participating nations of these. The national team captains were refrained from wearing One Love armbands by FIFA. The stance on FIFA has not gone down well with a large part of fans. On the other hand, some sections are enjoying the soccer festival.

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With every passing day, we see some shocking results in the tournament and some new controversies. This World Cup is unboxing like a mystery gift. No one knows what’s next.

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Nikhil Nibe

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Nikhil is a Soccer writer at EssentiallySports. He is a pharmaceutics graduate holding a PG degree in management with marketing as a specialization. A sales professional since 2011, he decided to change the course of his career into a sports writer to follow his passion for Soccer.
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