Iranian players SING their national anthem before the game against Wales

Iranian players SING their national anthem before the game in Wales – to booing and derision from the crowd: Footballers give way after pressure from Tehran after bravely taking a stand ahead of the game against England

The Iranian soccer team sang their country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup match against Wales in Qatar today after refusing to do so in their first game.

The Iranian players appeared to back down from their protest under pressure from the Islamic regime.

Before their kick-off against England in their first group game on Monday, the players were silent as boos filled the floor.

Her previous refusal to sing was a show of solidarity with protesters in her home country, hundreds of whom were killed in clashes with government security services over the death of Mahsa Amini – a woman who died in custody after being arrested by Tehran’s Morality Police .

Iran's soccer team sang their country's national anthem ahead of their World Cup match against Wales in Qatar today after being pressured by the Islamic Republic to back down from their earlier protests

Iran’s soccer team sang their country’s national anthem ahead of their World Cup match against Wales in Qatar today after being pressured by the Islamic Republic to back down from their earlier protests

But many Iranian fans in the stands also displayed slogans supporting Friday’s protests, drawing particular attention to human rights issues and the plight of women.

Qatari authorities had particular trouble with a female fan who had her face painted white – with bloody tears streaming from her eyes. She held up an Iranian soccer jersey with Mahsa Amini’s name and the number 22 – her age when she died.

Outside the stadium, Iranian fans chanted, “Free Iran, No to the Islamic Republic” – a direct rebuke from Iran’s theocratic government and society, where women do not enjoy the same rights as their fellow male citizens.

An Iran fan holds a T-shirt in memory of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman who died aged 22 in the custody of the country's vice squad in the capital, Tehran

An Iran fan holds a T-shirt in memory of Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman who died aged 22 in the custody of the country’s vice squad in the capital, Tehran

Pictured: An Iranian fan stages a demonstration at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium - holding up an Iranian football shirt with Mahsa Amini's name and the number 22 - her age when she died while being held by Tehran's Morality Police . Since then, protests have swept the nation and claimed hundreds of lives

Pictured: An Iranian fan stages a demonstration at Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium – holding up an Iranian football shirt with Mahsa Amini’s name and the number 22 – her age when she died while being held by Tehran’s Morality Police . Since then, protests have swept the nation and claimed hundreds of lives

The Iranian fan appeared to have been confronted by an officer at Qatar's stadium on Friday

The Iranian fan appeared to have been confronted by an officer at Qatar’s stadium on Friday

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