Iran football team COVER emblem in solidarity with protestors following the death of Mahsa Amini


Iran football team COVER national emblem to show solidarity with protestors following the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody… as demonstrators surround the stadium to make their voices heard at friendly played behind closed doors

  • Iran’s football team covered their national crest ahead of a friendly with Senegal 
  • The match was held behind closed doors in Austria by order of the Iranian FA 
  • Demonstrators protesting the death of Mahsa Amini gathered at the stadium 

Iran’s football team covered their national team’s kit and emblem during the national anthems before kick-off at home against Senegal in their final match before the World Cup. 

The game – which ended 1-1 – was overshadowed by the widespread demonstrations coursing throughout the world in the wake of the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, who was in police custody when she died. 

The team stood arm in arm prior to the match, and only took off their black jackets to play the match in Austria, which was played behind closed doors in attempt to dissuade protest by edict of the Iranian FA.

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Iranian players wore black jackets to cover their national emblem before kick-off in Austria

However groups of protestors flocked to the stadium in an attempt to get their message heard on national broadcasts as the clamour for justice continues. 

Bayer Leverkusen forward Sardar Azmoun wrote on Instagram on Sunday: ‘At worst I’ll be dismissed from the national team. No problem. 

‘I’d sacrifice that for one hair on the heads of Iranian women. This story will not be deleted. They can do whatever they want. 

Protestors were not deterred from continuing to send their message despite the closed doors

Protestors were not deterred from continuing to send their message despite the closed doors

‘Shame on you for killing so easily; long live Iranian women.’

His post was later taken down in favour of a less strongly worded version, but the forward has since joined his team-mates in blacking out his social media profile pictures as a show of solidarity. 

The black jackets were in solidarity with protestors against Mahsa Amini's death

The black jackets were in solidarity with protestors against Mahsa Amini’s death 

Amini’s death has sparked demonstration and cries for justice not just in Iran, but across the world. 

She was placed under police custody, having allegedly worn a headscarf improperly earlier this month, and as such many female protestors have taken to the streets without state-mandated hijabs and even cutting their hair in an act of defiance. 

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The team’s silent protest comes just days after two demonstrators were accosted by Austrian police, holding placards declaring Amini was ‘murdered by the police of the Islamic Republic of Iran’ ahead of a friendly with Uruguay. 

Iran’s next outing will be on November 21 against England, who’s manager Gareth Southgate was one of the only spectators allowed in the stadium.  

The game ultimately ended 1-1 in Iran's final game before meeting England at the World Cup

The game ultimately ended 1-1 in Iran’s final game before meeting England at the World Cup

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