Iran’s anti-government protesters have been celebrating the national football team’s elimination from the World Cup after their 1-0 loss to the United States.
On Tuesday night, videos showed people dancing in the streets and honking car horns in Tehran and other cities.
Many Iranians refused to cheer on their national football team in Qatar, seeing it as a symbol of the Islamic Republic.
The state-run media blamed hostile forces both inside and outside Iran for putting undue pressure on the players.
In an apparent show of solidarity with the protesters, the players did not sing the national anthem before their first game, a 6-2 defeat by England.
They did, however, sing during the Wales game, which they won 2-0, and during the politically charged match against the United States.
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