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Iran threatened families of national soccer team, according to security source – CNN

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Iranian family world cup soccer team Players have been threatened with imprisonment and torture if they fail to “behave” before Tuesday’s game against the United States, said a source involved with the game’s security.

After Iranian players refused to sing national anthem in opening match against England November 21stsources said the player was called to a meeting with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The source said the family was told they would face “violence and torture” if they did not sing the national anthem or participate in political protests against the Tehran regime.

The players sang the national anthem before Iran’s second match against Wales last Friday, which they won 2-0.

According to sources closely monitoring Iranian security services operating in Qatar during the World Cup, dozens of IRGC officers were not allowed to socialize outside the team or meet with foreigners. was drafted to monitor Iranian players who were not

“Qatar has a large number of Iranian security guards collecting information and monitoring players,” said the source.

Carlos Queiroz, the Portuguese coach of the Iranian national team, met separately with IRGC officials following threats against Iranian players and their families, sources said.

The source did not say what the alleged conversation was about. Queiroz said Iranian players could protest at the World Cup, but within FIFA rules.

Sources say the players were promised “gifts and a car” ahead of the England game, but after the team was humiliated by refusing to play the national anthem, the government threatened to threaten the players and their families. Sources claim that it has.

“In the last game against Wales, the administration sent hundreds of actor supporters to create a false sense of support and support among the fans. plans to significantly increase the number of

Iran and the United States will face off in an important Group B match on Tuesday.

Iran is in this World Cup under the shadow of domestic turmoil. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said the country was in a “genuine human rights crisis” as authorities cracked down on dissidents.

The protests, described by experts as the most significant since the establishment of clerical rule after Iran’s revolution in 1979, have rocked Iran in recent months and shook the regime that has held power for more than 40 years. are threatening

The movement was sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being detained by Iran’s moral police for not following Iran’s conservative dress code. Iranian security forces have unleashed a violent response.

Iranian state media on Sunday called for the United States to kick the United States out of the 2022 World Cup after the United States Soccer Federation changed the Iranian flag on social media platforms to show support for Iranian protesters.

The federation temporarily displayed the Iranian flag without the Islamic Republic coat of arms on its official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts. The now-deleted Group B standings posted on Saturday showed the Iranian flag with only the colors green, white and red.

US Soccer told CNN on Sunday that it wanted to change its official flag 24 hours a day to show “support for Iranian women fighting for their basic human rights”, but always planned to revert to the original flag. rice field.

The change was “a one-off graphic,” US Soccer told CNN. “You can find the main flags on our website and elsewhere.” The emblem is now back on the flags of US Soccer’s social media channels.

A State Department spokesman told CNN that the sports group’s decision to change the Iranian flag on its social media accounts to show support for Iranian protesters was not coordinated with U.S. Soccer.

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