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Sport World Cup 2022: Iranians win by singing their hymn

17:20  25 november  2022
17:20  25 november  2022 Source:   liberation.fr

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Les joueurs iraniens chantent leur hymne avant d'affronter le Pays de Galles, ce vendredi à l'Ahmed bin Ali Stadium. © Nicolas Tucat Iranian players sing their hymn before facing Wales, this Friday at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium.

Each detail is important. The Iranian players selected for the World Cup in Qatar this time sang the anthem of their country, before the match against Wales, which they won 2-0 in stoppage. Notable change, while Iranian holders had remained silent on Monday , in the ceremony preceding the meeting against England. On the images, it is difficult to measure the spontaneity or enthusiasm of the players.

The gestures of the Iranians during this competition are particularly scrutinized while a big thousand kilometers away, A popular uprising makes the Islamic Republic vacillate. During the previous week, midfielder Alireza Jahanbakhsh had explained that the players would decide "collectively" to sing or not the national anthem in support of the victims of hard -repressed demonstrations in their country.

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Sporting this victory, the 3rd in 7 participations in the World Cup, allows the Iranians to hope, for the first time, to extricate themselves from a first round. Their qualifications for the round of 16 will be played against the United States (hello the symbol), during the last group match on November 29.

Why then this turnaround? Is the explanation to be found in the arrest on Thursday of a former international footballer? The latter firmly supported the demonstrations shaking the Islamic Republic since September, accusing it of "propaganda" against the State, announced the Iranian news agency Fars. Voria Ghafouri, 35, 28 times selected for Iran until 2019, is one of the most prominent personalities stopped in the repression of the protest movement which has broken out since the death on September 16 of a young Iranian Kurdish, Mahsa Amini . Accused of having "insulted and sali the reputation of the national team (Team Melli) and of having engaged in propaganda" against the State, the player, also Kurdish, was arrested after a session training of his team "Foolad" (steel, in Persian) of Khouzistan, by decision of the judicial authority, according to Fars.

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Arrested after a training session

Hangaw, a non -governmental organization based in Norway which defends the rights of the Kurds, confirmed his arrest and published a photo of him in traditional Kurdish clothes, also posted on Twitter by another former Iranian international , Ali Karimi. "For the Honorable Voria" , commented Ali Karimi, who himself supports the demonstrators.

برای وریای با‌شرف #وریا_غفوری_را_آزاد_کنید #وریا_غفوری #مهسا_امینی pic.twitter.com/KMwJWlqkab

— ali karimi (@alikarimi_ak8) November 24, 2022

L'ONG Iran Human Rights (IHR), basée en Norvège, estime That 416 people were killed in the repression of the movement, while 15,000 were arrested, according to the UN special rapporteur on Iran. NGOs have also said their concern about the situation in the Kurdish regions of the west of the country, human rights groups saying that dozens of people were killed only last week.

Monday, the Portuguese coach of Iran Carlos Queiroz, had explained that his players, swept away 6-2 by England, were marked by the political situation in their country and asked that they are left "play football ».

Updated at 1:15 p.m. with the victory of the Iranians

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