Qatar 2022: The Iranian National Team does not want to talk about women's rights in their country anymore
iranian footballers Karim Ansarifard and Morteza Pouraliganji refused this Friday to answer questions about solidarity with women in their country, a day after Alireza Jahanbakhsh suggested that the consultations were a strategy to distract them before the Qatar World Cup 2022.
Several Iranian athletes have taken advantage of international competitions to show their support for the protests that have shaken the country since the death of Mahsa Amini22 years oldin police custody of morality in September.
jahanbakhsh had accused the English media of distracting his team before the first match of Group B, which will be played this Monday against England, Y ansarifard He came out in his defense at a press conference, repeatedly underlining the team's unity and commenting.
My professional duty is to play soccer and yours is to ask questions, but we all have to do things right in our profession. That is why we always defend ourselves and tell the truth (…) Yesterday Jahanbakhsh was asked a question, more or less the same.
When the question was posed to Pouraliganji, the coordinator intervened and asked that he only be asked about the World Cup.
However, when pressed on the matter and whether he had a message for fans hoping to attend the World Cup matches, Ansarifard said that Iran plays 'for all men and women'.
(With information from Reuters)
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