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Iran fan holding Mahsi Amini shirt is confronted by security

A security official talks with the fan, who wore a Mohsa Amini T-shirt, and her companion, who was holding a flag defending women’s rights. (Matthias Hangst / Getty Images)

One of the Iranian World Cup fans faced a security confrontation after she raised a shirt bearing the name of Mahsa Amini.

A security official was photographed at Doha’s Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium apparently protesting with the fan, who drew blood pouring from her eyes.

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Amini, then 22, died in police custody in September. She has been accused of not following the rules of hijab in Iran.

Her death sparked massive anti-government protests, as Iran’s authoritarian regime cracked down on a deadly crackdown. The United Nations estimates that more than 300 people were killed.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 25: An Iranian fan demonstrates for women's freedom and praises Mahsa Amini before the Group B match of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar between Wales and Iran at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium on November 25, 2022 in Doha, State of Qatar.  (Photo by Juan Luis Diaz/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The shirt bearing the name of the 22-year-old Amini, who was carried by the Iranian fan before the Wales match. (Getty Images)

Qatar, the controversial host of the World Cup, is under scrutiny for its human rights abuses.

Political demonstrations and the organizers’ handling of them became a common theme at the tournament just five days after it began – and the fan appeared to take off her shirt ahead of Iran’s game against Wales on Friday.

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The security guard was also filmed talking to her male companion, who was holding a flag advocating for women’s rights.

DOHA, QATAR - NOVEMBER 25: Iran fans protest with flags and banners bearing the slogan

Protest flag and Mahsa Amini shirt. (Getty Images)

A security guard, right, interacts with an Iran fan who shows him a T-shirt that says

The security official speaks with the Iranian supporter, who shows a T-shirt that reads “Mahsa Amini 22”. (AP)

Security personnel (right) talking with two Iranian supporters, one of whom is reading the flag

Security personnel with the fans before the Wales match. (AFP via Getty Images)

Amid the turmoil in Iran, the team’s participation in the tournament has been a huge political discussion point.

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Before their first match against England on Monday, Iran’s players refused to sing the national anthem: it was interpreted as a show of support for the mass anti-government protests in their country.

Since then, there have been reports that players could face retaliation later if they again refuse to sing the national anthem in their remaining matches.

“We are under no pressure” star player Mehdi Taremi said on Thursday – but the team sang the national anthem before Friday’s game against Wales kicked off.

After the forlorn-looking players sang the anthem, BBC commentator Steve Wilson said: “To sing or not to sing that anthem has become a political statement and the pressure on this team is enormous – and the emotions are enormous for those who follow.”

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