Iran’s Ehsan Hajsafi: ‘The conditions in our country are not right’

The country’s captain and teammates begin their World Cup campaign against England to the backdrop of turmoil at homeIn a significant, politically freighted intervention, Iran’s captain Ehsan Hajsafi has said he would be happy for his team to serve as a force for change in a country where protests against the regime in Tehran continue to escalate.As Iran’s government faces its most critical moment since the Islamic revolution in 1979, Hajsafi, a left-back at AEK Athens, on Sunday night addressed a press conference before his team’s opening World Cup group game against England in Doha on Monday.

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