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Ongoing protests in Iran threatened to overshadow the country’s second match at the World Cup as regime supporters and anti-government protesters confronted each other before kick-off.

As the fans prepare to take their seats at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium in Al-Riman, QatarIn the second group match vs WellsThose with different political views faced each other out of place.

Outside the security barrier, some fans chanted “Women, life, freedom,” while others shouted “Islamic Republic,” according to Associated Press reports.

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some Iran Fans confiscated pre-revolutionary Iranian and Persian flags from supporters, and hurled insults at those wearing T-shirts with protest slogans.

Small groups of men angrily chanted “Islamic Republic of Iran” to women who interviewed foreign journalists about the protests.

Several fans looked visibly shaken as Iranian government supporters surrounded them with national flags and photographed them on their cellphones.

Abdullah’s death was followed by widespread demonstrations Mahsa Aminia 22-year-old woman who died in the custody of Iran’s morality police in September after being arrested for alleged violations of the country’s strict dress code.

Iranian fans hold up a t-shirt and flag with protest slogans at today's match against Wales
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Iranian fans hold up a T-shirt and flag with protest slogans

A pair of fans are pictured inside the stadium – a woman wearing a T-shirt with “Mohsa Amini” printed on it, and a man holding aloft the Iranian national flag with the protest slogan “Women, Life, Freedom”.

They are later spotted being confronted by the officials, who appear to confiscate the flag.

Police officers confiscate a fan

FIFA The list of banned items in Qatar includes those that carry “political, offensive or discriminatory messages”.

While the protests were taking place on and off the field, they have not spilled onto the field today.

Iran’s players, who refused to sing their national anthem before kick-off world Cup Opening game in Qatar against England on Tuesday, this time she chose not to remain silent.

And jeers from Iran’s fans were heard during the anthem, while the team seemed to be singing softly.

Some fans appeared to be moved to tears as the national anthem was played.

The gesture of remaining silent was interpreted as a sign of solidarity – the Iranian team positioned itself firmly on the side of the wave of protests back home.

There were concerns after the England match that the players could face repercussions for their actions.

Iranian players sing the national anthem today
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Iranian players sing the national anthem

Iranian authorities have responded with deadly force to quell the protests, which have posed one of the boldest challenges to their clerical rulers since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

State television did not show footage of the players lining up at the start of the match against England, which they lost 6-2 to the Three Lions.

The only official reaction came from Iranian government spokesman Ali Bahaduri Jahromi, who tweeted, “We love Iran’s national team in all circumstances,” after that match.

Team Melli, as the football team is known, have traditionally been a great source of national pride in Iran, but they have found themselves caught up in the country’s political turmoil.

When asked on Thursday about the disturbances at his stadium, striker Mehdi Taremi said they are in Qatar to play football.

“We are not under pressure,” he added, after they refrained from singing the national anthem in their first match.

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