Iranian players do not fear the consequences of not singing the national anthem against England

Doha: Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi has confirmed he and his team-mates fear no consequences after refusing to sing their country’s national anthem during the match against England at the start of the sides’ cup run of the world in Qatar. This step by Iranian players came in support of popular protests in their country, in one moment in which the former Iranian player, Fawria Ghafouri was arrested today, Thursday, on charges of propaganda against the Iranian political system and insulting the national team, as reported by the Tasnim news agency. Before facing the Iranian national team against Wales tomorrow, Friday, Tarmi said in statements to the press: “No, we don’t feel the pressure.” “The truth is we came here to play football,” she added. (dpa)