World Cup 2022: Iran complain to Fifa over flag change on social media by US

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Iran’s soccer federation has complained to Fifa after the Islamic Republic emblem was faraway from its flag in social media posts by america group.

Earlier than their World Cup assembly on Tuesday, the US eliminated the Allah image in graphics posted on Twitter, Fb and Instagram.

The US mentioned they determined to not use Iran’s official flag to point out “support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights”, amid mass anti-government protests within the nation.

The protests in Iran, met with a fierce crackdown, have been sparked by the dying in custody in September of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old girl who was detained by morality police for allegedly breaking the strict guidelines round head coverings.

“In an unprofessional act, the Instagram page of the US football federation removed the Allah symbol from the Iranian flag,” mentioned Iran state information company IRNA.

“The Iran Football Federation sent an email to Fifa [football’s world governing body] to demand it issue a serious warning to the US federation.”

A US Soccer spokesman later mentioned the posts had been eliminated and changed with ones utilizing the right Iran flag, however added: “We still support the women of Iran.”

Iran has accused the US and different international adversaries of instigating the protests, with the US authorities imposing sanctions on Iranian officers over the crackdown.

The US and Iran lower diplomatic relations in 1980.

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