On Monday, the U.S. National Team’s players and coaches distanced themselves from the social media posts of their soccer federation supporting the women just one day before the crucial World Cup match. of Iran by doctoring that country’s flag.

Gregg Berhalter (the coach for the United States) said Monday that neither he or any of the players were involved in the decision not to remove the flag. Iran’s official emblem and two lines of In posts on Instagram and Twitter, Islamic script.

“We had no idea about what U.S. Soccer put out. The staff, the players, had no idea,” Berhalter told reporters Monday.

He also added: “Our focus is on this match. I don’t want to sound aloof or not caring by saying that, but the guys have worked really hard for the last four years. We have 72 hours between England and Iran, and we really are just focused on how to get past Iran and go to the knockout stage of this tournament. Of course, our thoughts are with the Iranian people, the whole country, the whole team, everyone, but our focus is on this match.”

After failing to qualify for 2018, the Americans can now advance to the knockout rounds of Group B by defeating Iran, which would also be accompanied by a victory.

Iran condemned U.S. Soccer’s decision to use an incorrect flag. It claimed it was in violation of the statutes of FIFA, world soccer’s global governing body. American federation acknowledged that the flag change was deliberate and deleted the posts on Sunday. It stated that it would only use them. Iran’s official flag going forward.

“The intent of the post was to show support for women’s rights,” Michael Kammarman, U.S. Soccer’s spokesperson, stated Monday at a news conference. “It was meant to be a moment. We made the post at the time. All of the other representations of the flag were made consistent and will continue.”

Over the past few months, and certainly at this World Cup, the Iranian team has become entangled with its country’s harsh treatment of Women and the crackdowns it has on individual freedoms under theocratic control. Protests were carried out by the team of After the September death in custody by police, it was taken into its own hands of Mahsa, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini was arrested and charged of A law that requires head coverings for women is being broken

After refusing the Iranian team’s opening match against England to sing the national song, the Iranian team joined in the chorus before the next game against Wales with various degrees of You will be motivated and committed.

“We can’t speak for them and their message,” Walker Zimmerman, U.S. Defender, said. “We know that they’re all emotional. They’re going through things right now. They’re human, and, again, we empathize with that human emotion. So we completely feel for them.”