If we needed more proof of how explosive the intriguing meeting between Iran and the United States in the third round of the World Cup group stage in Qatar is and far beyond sports, we got another answer to that tonight (Tuesday).
CNN reporter Natasha Bertrand reports that the pressure on the eve of the game in the Islamic Republic is directed towards the families of the players, when Iranian officials sent threatening messages, so that they would convey the message to the players.
According to information that reached the reporter from a source involved in the security of the games, the families of the players of the Iranian soccer team in the World Cup were threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players did not "behave well" in the game.
The source, who closely monitors Iran's security agencies operating in Qatar during the World Cup, said that dozens of officers from the Revolutionary Guards were recruited to follow the Iranian players in the host country, so that they could not leave the hotel and meet foreigners.
The families of Iran's World Cup soccer team have been threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players fail to "behave" ahead of the match against the USA on Tuesday, a source involved in the security of the games tells @kileycnn
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) November 28, 2022
All this joins yesterday's incident, when the US Soccer Federation (USSF) briefly displayed the national flag of Iran on social media without the symbol of the Islamic Republic, as a measure of support for the protesters in Iran.
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