Iranian officials and state media responded furiously, accusing US football of disrespecting the country, violating FIFA rules and destabilizing the national team before the game.
Officials linked to Iran’s football association have vowed to pursue disciplinary proceedings with FIFA, with some going so far as to advocate that the US be kicked out of the World Cup. Tournament in light of Iran’s military support for Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
U.S. football officials said USMNT manager Greg Berhalter and his players were not consulted over social media posts about the altered flag, which would eventually be removed or replaced with the official Islamic Republic flag. said it was replaced with the image used. walker zimmerman I had to face multiple questions about my fracas on Sunday.
“We stand for women’s rights and we always have,” Reem said. “That message is consistent. And what we’re doing as a team is trying to support that and prepare for the biggest game this team has ever had. That’s what we’re focused on right now: supporting them, supporting women’s rights, and preparing for the games that matter for our group.”
At the World Cup, just a two-hour flight from Tehran, protests in Iran weigh heavily on Team Meri. It includes both the thousands of protesters and government factions who traveled to Doha to support the team.