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AL RAYYAN, Qatar — Iran’s national anthem was met by halfhearted singing or mouthing of the words by players and The cheering whistles of thousands at Ahmad bin Ali Stadium were heard before the team performed. Wales Friday’s second game will be at the World Cup.

Scene. and The sounds were very different. Iran’s opener against England on Monday, when players gave the anthem the stoic silent treatment, a form of protest that got global attention. Iran’s team, a regular at the tournament and For many years, the unifying force of a divided country has struggled to navigate its delicate internal politics. IranThe government is catching up to the expectations of the citizens and A national uprising is ongoing.

Before Friday’s match against WalesThe stadium cameras showed a man sobbing. Iran’s anthem was played. The crowd cheered when an emotional woman was shown. Some booed. One woman was seen unveiling a No. The No. 22 jersey bears the name Mahsa Amin. She was the 22-year old who died in police custody in September. This sparked a growing movement for freedoms. and women’s rights under Iran’s theocratic rule.

It was the actions Iran’s players, though, that attracted the most attention. The players sat silently for the anthem, before they began their first game. They then started singing with different levels of commitment in a mixture of boos and cheers.

Iran’s fan base may be as incessantly noisy as any here at the World Cup. It was also true for the game’s fans. and All those who arrived to cheer Wales Leaving the metro and The crowd poured out to Ahmad bin Ali Stadium. One woman coming off the metro started a chant — “Say her name! Mahsa! Amini!” — that has become common here. Others wore T-shirts with blue text that read, “Woman Life Freedom.” One man wore a shirt with the following message on it: “Arrest of Lawyers = Beginning of Your End” English translation at the front and Arabic on the back

World Cup Security officers are trained to spot such displays. Before Monday’s game against England, fans were told they wee not allowed to bring or display Iran’s pre-revolutionary flag inside the stadium. Five to six grim-faced officers were seen outside the arena wearing black-colored vests.andReadable -blue vests “security cells” On the back. A group of 10 officers surround one woman and argue with her and Maybe a shirt.

No Charge and She became frustrated and ran into the stadium.