Iran fans clash at World Cup game vs Wales as flags confiscated in unsavoury scenes

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Iran’s chaotic political situation has spilled over at the 2022 World Cup with fans fighting amongst themselves outside the stadium for their second group game against Wales. Mass protests have engulfed Iran since September in a reaction to the death of Mahsa Amini.

Iran’s opening World Cup match against England saw their players boycott singing the national anthem ahead of the match. Protests against Iran’s government spilled out into the stadium earlier in the week, featuring anti-government placards which read: “Women, life and freedom.”

And those protests have now seen Iranian fans clash in Qatar during their match against Wales. Pro-government fans are said to have been harassing anti-government supporters outside the stadium for their second World Cup match.

Persian pre-revolutionary Iranian flags were reportedly ‘confiscated’ by pro-government supporters from their compatriots. Shouting matches were heard between the two groups of supporters with chants of “Women, Life, Freedom” being responded with “The Islamic Republic”.

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