I’m surprised English wake and dhimmi players didn’t start singing the national anthem of the Islamic Republic instead.
“World Cup 2022: Iranian players refused to sing national anthem before game with England”, by Tyler Greenawalt, Yahoo News, November 21, 2022:
Iran’s soccer players have refused to sing their country’s national anthem ahead of the team’s World Cup match against England in a show of support for those protesting against their country’s government.
There have been nationwide protests in Iran for months over the country’s treatment of women, particularly after the death of Mahsa Amini, a young woman who was arrested for allegedly wearing a hijab that was too loose and later died in police custody. Many Iranian athletes and celebrities have backed the protesters, but the soccer team’s decision to remain silent during the national anthem is perhaps the biggest show of support.
This act does not seem spontaneous either. Ehsan Hajsafi, the captain of the Iranian team, offered his condolences to “all the bereaved families in Iran” following the numerous arrests and deaths (including 58 Iranian children) as a result of the protests. Hajsafi added that “we are with them and we stand in solidarity with them.”
Iranian fans protested in the stands
While the players remain silent on the pitch, the fans in the stands stood up loud as their own form of protest…