Iran’s Soccer Team Was Silent During National Anthem at World Cup

Their silence is being interpreted as solidarity for those protesting their country's government.

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As Iran’s national anthem played at the Khalifa International Stadium on November 21, the country’s soccer players stood in silence and didn't sing along. Their silence is being interpreted as solidarity for those protesting their country's government. The moment was not shown on state TV in Iran, according to reports.

Some fans at the match, which ended with Iran losing 6-2 to England, booed during the Iranian national anthem. Some help up signs that said, “Woman, Life, Freedom,” while others wore jerseys with the names of women protesters recently killed by Iranian security forces, according to the Associated Press.

Iran’s appearance at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar comes as many Iranians are protesting the September 2022 death of Mahsa Amini, who died after being detained by Iran’s morality police for not following the country's strict dress codes.