CNN reported that Iran has threatened relatives of its team at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with “arrest or torture” if the “national team players do not behave properly in the match they are playing against the US team”.
And he assured the American network, after Iranian players refused to sing the national anthem in the first match against England, on November 21, about a meeting with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Safety Championship.
According to sources, Iranian authorities warned players that their families would face cases of “violence and torture” if they did not sing the national anthem or join any political protest against the Tehran regime.
And in the second match of the Iranian national team, on November 25, in which they beat the Welsh team by 2-0, the players sang the national anthem at the beginning of the game, according to television images.
The source consulted by CNN, which closely monitors Iranian security agencies operating in Qatar during the World Cup, said dozens of IRGC officials were recruited to control the Iranian players, who were not allowed to socialize outside the team or meet with them. strangers.
The group insisted: “There are a large number of Iranian security officials in Qatar who collect information and monitor the players.”
The source said that Carlos Queiroz, the Portuguese coach of the Iranian national team, met separately with Iranian Revolutionary Guard officials after the threats were passed on to Iranian players and their families.
According to American media, Queiroz told Iranian soccer players that they could protest at the World Cup, but only within FIFA rules.
CNN also claims that “in the last match against Wales, the regime (affiliated with the ayatollahs) sent hundreds of representatives to create a false sense of support for the team. In the next match against the United States, the regime plans to significantly increase the number of representatives present at the stadium.”
Iran and the United States will play a decisive World Cup Group B match on Tuesday, November 29th.