A final that goes beyond sport in this group B. This Tuesday evening (8 p.m.), the winner of the Iran-United States meeting will qualify for the round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar. In the event of a tie , the "Team Melli" (nickname of the Iranian team) will be qualified.
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A match under high sporting and geopolitical tension.
reports that the families of the Iranian players have been threatened.
If the latter do not sing the national anthem before kick-off against the United States, their families could be tortured or imprisoned.
The Iranians did not sing the national anthem in the first game
Families of Iranian players will experience "
violence and torture
", according to the British media, which quoted a security source.
As a reminder, the Iranian players did not sing their national anthem in the first match against England, which lost 6-2.
A strong choice because of the regime in place in their country and the treatment reserved for women.
During the second match, against Wales, won 2-0, the players of "Team Melli" had finally decided to sing before kick-off.