Football captain Ehsan Hajafi speaks out against the Iranian regime amid protests

Highlights
  • Ehsan Hajsafi, captain of the Iranian national team at the World Cup, said the media situation in Iran was “not right” and he hoped it would change.
  • Hejafi is the first player from the Iranian national team to speak about the issue from the Doha World Cup.
  • Comedian Omid Jalili posted a video before the England-Iran match urging fee-payers to show their support for Iranian women.
Before Iran’s first match in the 2022 World Cup, Captain Ehsan Hajafi spoke about the ongoing match In a clear show of support for the anti-government movement.
The protests broke out in September when he was 22 years old and has continued for the past two months as women demand a radical change in the country’s theocratic system.
Hundreds of demonstrators were reportedly killed and thousands arrested in a police attempt to put an end to the uprising.
Speaking at a press conference on Sunday evening, Al-Hijsafi described the conditions in Iran as “incorrect”.

“We have to accept that the conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy,” he said.

“We are here but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be their voice or we shouldn’t respect them.”
Hejafi is the first player from the Iranian national team to speak about the issue from the Doha World Cup.
Other members of the team have so far avoided publicly discussing the policy.

“All we have is from them. We have to fight,” said the defender.

“We have to perform and score some goals to give a result to the brave Iranian people. I hope that circumstances will change according to people’s expectations.”

Omid Jalili urges England to show solidarity with Iran

On Sunday, British comedian Omid Jalili, of Iranian descent, shared a video urging the England team to show solidarity with Iranian women by making
“My message to the England players now is that you have a massive opportunity to make a very, very small gesture to make a massive global impact.”
“England, Wales and USA players, when they score, if you just make this simple ‘hair, cut’ statement, it sends a big message to women and girls in Iran.”

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Jalili said he believed Iran should not have been allowed to participate in the World Cup.
“Iran is a terrorist state… Women are not allowed to attend football matches… (Iran) should have been kicked out of the World Cup,” he said.

“They are violating all FIFA anti-discrimination laws.”

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