Beiranvand (ex-Antwerp) off the field after a terrible collision, Iran makes statement for first World Cup match

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The players of the Iranian national team did not sing their national anthem for their opening match against England at the World Cup in Qatar. In doing so, they seemed to support the mass protests in their homeland. Iranian state television interrupted the broadcast during the hymn.

Vincent Van GenechtenSource: BELGA

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Protests have been ongoing in Iran since mid-September following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. She died after being arrested by the police for violating the Islamic dress code. The demonstrators are being dealt with harshly: according to human rights organizations, more than 400 people have already been killed.

On Sunday, the captain of Iran’s national football team, Ehsan Hajsafi, had already expressed his condolences to the families of victims in Iran. He also said that the conditions in his country were not good and the population was not happy. The players are aware of that. Earlier, flank attacker Alireza Jahanbakhsh had already suggested that the team would not sing the national anthem.


There may now be consequences for the Iranian players in their homeland. In Iran, there was already speculation about suspensions if the players would remain silent during the national anthem. In addition to the players, there were also Iranian supporters in Qatar who showed support for the demonstrators in Iran. For example, several fans in the Khalifa stadium wore jerseys with the slogan “Women, Life, Freedom”.


Terrible collision

Ex-Antwerp goalkeeper Alireza Beiranvand was at the kick-off for Iran, but he had to be replaced after 20 minutes after a terrible collision with a teammate. The keeper is believed to have broken his nose.


Missing tickets cause chaos

A technical glitch in the FIFA Ticket App caused chaos around the Khalifa International Stadium in Al-Rayyan before the start of the World Cup match between England and Iran on Monday.

Many England fans discovered before kick-off that their electronic tickets had suddenly disappeared from their mobile phones, preventing them from entering the stadium. The World Football Association quickly acknowledged the problem and responded in a short statement. “Some spectators are experiencing a problem accessing their tickets in the FIFA Ticketing App,” it said affirmatively.

FIFA was only able to solve the problem when they could send the QR codes of the tickets by email. That way, the fans could show the code at the access control. Until then, many seats in the stadium remained empty. With much delay, the long queues at the entrance were cleared and all ticket holders found a place in the stadium.

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