Iran players end silent protest at World Cup amid threats of reprisals

Players sing anthem before game against Wales in QatarSilence before England match showed support for protestsIran’s football team half-heartedly sang their national anthem at the start of their game against Wales after they had faced fierce criticism from government officials for failing to do so at the start of the game against England.With their lips barely moving, the players had clearly collectively decided to sing the anthem, but the uncomfortable performance contrasted with the vigour that the Welsh players sang their anthem.

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