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The Iranian soccer team covers the symbols of their country to protest against the repression of women


The players remained covered with a black jacket while the hymns were played in their match against Austria, as a condemnation for the murder of Mahsa Amini

The outrage in Iran over the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was detained by the so-called morality police for breaking the Islamic dress code, has also reached the world of football.

Last Tuesday, during the friendly match between Austria and Iran (1-1), the players from the Islamic country remained covered with a black jacket while the anthems were played.

They did it to cover the symbols of their country, as a protest against the repression suffered by women.

Amini, originally from the Kurdish city of Saqez, in the north-west of the country, was arrested on September 13 in Tehran for what the morality police considered to be “inadequate attire”.

He died three days later in hospital after falling into a coma, sparking the biggest outrage on the streets of Iran since authorities cracked down on protests against rising gasoline prices in 2019. The videos posted on social media Social shows showed protesters chanting "woman, life, freedom," as women burned their veils and cut their hair.

Police and state security forces clashed with protesters in dozens of cities last Tuesday, the same day as the soccer team match.

The protests called for the fall of the religious authority that governs the country (the Society of the Combatant Clergy party of dictator Ali Khamenei).

State media called the protesters "hypocrites, thugs and seditious", while national television said police confronted the "rioters" and fired tear gas to disperse them.

One of the Iranian national team players who has been most critical of the events was Bayer Leverkusen forward Sardar Azmoun.

He expressed his solidarity with the Iranian protesters via Instagram: “The ultimate punishment will be my expulsion from the national team, but it is a small price to pay for a single strand of Iranian women's hair.

I am ashamed of how easy it is to kill the people.

Long live Iranian women."

However, Azmoun ended up deleting this post from his social media.

Iran has players like Alireza Jahanbakhsh (from the Dutch Feyernord) or Mehdi Taremi (from Porto).

His team will play the next World Cup in Qatar, in which he is drawn in group B, along with England, Wales and the United States.

In fact, the English coach, Gareth Southgate, was present last Tuesday in Austria and witnessed, in addition to the game of his future rival, a social protest that has used football as a loudspeaker.

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Source: elparis

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