FIFA world cup fans supporting Iran protests have items seized: Report

Published on Nov 26, 2022 11:32 AM IST

FIFA World Cup: The items taken by security at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar included flags and T-shirts.

FIFA World Cup: Iran's team players celebrate at the end of the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Iran.(AP)
FIFA World Cup: Iran's team players celebrate at the end of the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Iran.(AP)

FIFA world Cup security reportedly seized items from attendees supporting the massive protests in Iran as the country's national team played its second match of the tournament on Friday. The items taken by security at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar included flags and T-shirts, the Associated Press reported.

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Pro-Iranian government fans also harassed those showcasing their support for the demonstrations against Iran's regime by hurling insults at them, ripping flags from their hands, filming them on their phones and disrupting interviews several women were giving to foreign media outside the stadium, the report further said.

FIFA world Cup security reportedly seized items from attendees supporting the massive protests in Iran as the country's national team played its second match of the tournament on Friday. The items taken by security at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Qatar included flags and T-shirts, the Associated Press reported.

Read more: FIFA World Cup reporter robbed while on air, shocked by cops' response: Report

Pro-Iranian government fans also harassed those showcasing their support for the demonstrations against Iran's regime by hurling insults at them, ripping flags from their hands, filming them on their phones and disrupting interviews several women were giving to foreign media outside the stadium, the report further said.

Protests have erupted in September after the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested by the Iran's "morality police" for not wearing hijba properly.

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In the crackdown on the protests, many have died and thousands have been detained for their participation, according to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. More than 300 people have been killed since the protests began in September.

Before playing their first match on Monday, the Iranian team remained silent during their national anthem in what some interpreted to be a sign of solidarity with the protests. But prior to their second match on Friday, the Iran team did sing along to their national anthem in a departure from their World Cup kickoff earlier in the week.

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