The group wore T-shirts with the slogan ‘Woman Life Freedom’, which leaves no doubt about their position against the current regime of the Islamic Republic.
“This match is an opportunity for us to support people who give their lives for freedom. We can play a small role, it’s not a big deal, but it’s the only thing we can do right now,” Sam explained before entering the stadium. , without his shirt drawing the attention of security personnel.
This motto, a symbol of the revolt, also appeared on a banner unfurled in the stadium before the match began. Then it disappeared.
Rose, 38, was less lucky: “They asked me to change my shirt because it said ‘Free Iran’.”
Nothing happened in the 22nd minute, according to the AFP journalists present at the venue. Many Iranians had called on social media to chant Mahsa Amini’s name, as she was 22 when she passed away on September 16. Yes, chants of ‘Azadi, Azadi!’ (Freedom, freedom!’) from the stands.
Saeid Sharifi, 46, traveled from Tehran: “We are not happy with the situation in Iran, but it is our duty to support the national team.”
“We have come to support, we are sad but we are here to encourage. We cheer with sadness,” summed up Masud Hashemi, 44.