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Iran team sings national anthem at World Cup

Iran's midfielder #21 Ahmad Noorollahi, Iran's midfielder #07 Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Iran's forward #09 Mehdi Taremi listen to the national anthem ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha on Nov. 21, 2022. (Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP)

Iran's team sang their national anthem before Friday's World Cup match against Wales, having opted not to do so in their tournament opener.

The Iranian players had stood impassively during their anthem before their 6-2 defeat to England on Monday in an apparent gesture of solidarity with anti-government protesters in the Islamic republic.


Iran's team sang their national anthem before Friday's World Cup match against Wales, having opted not to do so in their tournament opener.

The Iranian players had stood impassively during their anthem before their 6-2 defeat to England on Monday in an apparent gesture of solidarity with anti-government protesters in the Islamic republic.