Iran national football team covers national emblem amid nationwide protests

Iranian national football team players covered their country’s crest during the national anthem ahead of Tuesday’s World Cup-setting match against Senegal.

Before kick-off, the entire Iranian team stood on the field wearing regular black jackets over their uniforms. The group stood with their arms around each other and held the extra layer until they took the field to start the game.

The move by Iranian players comes amid widespread demonstrations in the country following the death of Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old woman died in police custody in Iran earlier this month after being accused of inappropriately wearing a headscarf. According to Mark Ogden of ESPN.


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