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Iran threatens its World Cup team with jailtime and torture ahead of its final match against the US


Families of Iranian soccer players at the World Cup in Qatar have been threatened with torture and jailtime by their own country’s government if they fail to adhere to pre-match rules ahead of a tense, final group match against the US on Tuesday. 

A source told CNN that a meeting between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) and all 26 soccer players was called upon after the starting XI that faced England on November 21 refused to sing the Iranian national anthem before the start of the match.

Players were told that their families would be subjugated to ‘violence and torture’ if they stay quiet during pre-match rituals and if they joined any groups protesting against the Islamic Republic’s regime. 

Last Friday, the Iranian players sang their country’s anthem ahead of a 2-0…



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