Iranian football team refused to sing the Islamic Republic’s national anthem before their World Cup match with England.
At a news conference prior to the match in Qatar, the team’s captain, Ehsan Hajsafi, expressed his solidarity with the protesters.
"Before anything else, I would like to express my condolences to all of the bereaved families in Iran," he said.
"They should know that we are with them, we support them and we sympathize with them."
By refusing to sing the Islamic anthem, Team Melli — appears to have joined other athletes who are facing off on the world stage against the Islamic Regime
The latest one, archer Parmida Ghasemi, removed her hijab during an awards ceremony in Tehran.