U.S.-Iran World Cup tensions culminating in key match as Americans should win to advance
It’s showdown day on the World Cup for Team USA. The United States should win a match in opposition to Iran on Tuesday to advance within the event.
If they do not win, the U.S. males’s nationwide crew will head residence.
Tensions are excessive, and the tone for the sport was set by a fiery news convention Monday the place a number of Iranian state media journalists took goal on the crew’s coach and 23-year-old captain Tyler Adams – with questions on immigration, inflation and racism.
A TV reporter known as out Adams for mispronouncing Iran, and requested Adams, a Black man, if he’s “OK to be representing the U.S.” whereas there’s “so much discrimination happening against Black people in America.”
“My apologies on the mispronunciation of your country,” Adams responded. “That being said, there’s discrimination everywhere you go.”
“In the U.S., we’re, we’re continuing to make progress every single day,” he added.
Adams additionally mentioned his crew is targeted on the match in opposition to Iran – the primary time the nations have confronted one another on the World Cup in over 20 years.
Back in 1998, Iran’s crew handed the U.S. crew white roses as an indication of friendship regardless of political friction. In that recreation, Iran defeated the U.S. 2-1.
But this yr’s event takes place as anti-regime protests rock Iran following the demise of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini within the custody of Iran’s “morality police” in September. Women and ladies have led the widespread unrest, which is essentially the most critical problem to Iran’s Islamic cleric rulers have confronted since they got here to energy in 1979.
“We empathize 100%, and we do support women’s rights,” mentioned Team USA participant Walker Zimmerman.
Before Iran’s first match on the World Cup, some Iranian gamers refused to sing the anthem of the Islamic Republic – an indication that they do not help the Iranian regime.
Journalist Grant Wahl mentioned Iran’s gamers are feeling stress.
“The Iranian team is not playing as well as they did in World Cup qualifying, and I think part of that is they’re under a lot of stress,” he mentioned.
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