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Iran players unenthusiastically sing national anthem before USA World Cup clash

Players of Iran line up for the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Players of Iran line up for the World Cup group B soccer match between Iran and the United States at the Al Thumama Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Iran’s players sang their national anthem, albeit without enthusiasm, before their World Cup clash with the USA on Tuesday.

The Iranians had opted not to sing the anthem before their opening match in Qatar against England, in what was widely viewed as a sign of support for mass anti-government protests at home, but they did sing it before their second game against Wales.

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