World Cup 2022: Iran’s Ehsan Hajsafi speaks out over circumstances in his residence nation

Ehsan Hajsafi is captain of Iran’s nationwide aspect

Iran captain Ehsan Hajsafi spoke out towards the state of affairs in his residence nation earlier than his nation’s opening recreation towards England on the World Cup.

Violent anti-government protests in Iran have been met with a fierce crackdown in current months.

Chatting with reporters forward of Monday’s recreation in Qatar, the 32-year-old stated the gamers “support” those that have died.

“We have to accept that the conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy,” he stated.

Human rights activists have stated greater than 400 protesters have been killed and 16,800 others arrested in a crackdown by safety forces.

Iran’s leaders say the protests are “riots” orchestrated by the nation’s international enemies.

“Before anything else, I would like to express my condolences to all of the bereaved families in Iran,” defender Hajsafi stated at first of the information convention.

“They should know that we are with them, we support them and we sympathise with them.”

“We cannot deny the conditions – the conditions in my country are not good and the players know it also,” the AEK Athens full-back added.

“We are here but it does not mean that we should not be their voice, or we must not respect them.

“No matter we now have is from them. We have now to struggle, we now have to carry out the perfect we will and rating objectives, and current the courageous folks of Iran with the outcomes.

“And I hope that the conditions change to the expectations of the people.”

The build-up to the match had seen requires Iran to be kicked out of the World Cup, with campaigners citing the nation’s alleged army backing for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and human rights points together with its therapy of ladies.

‘Extraordinary feedback’ – Evaluation

Shaimaa Khalil, BBC Information, Doha

These feedback are extraordinary – not a lot due to what was stated however due to who has stated them and the place he stated them.

It might be uncommon for a senior participant to say something political in a match like this – however for him to look to aspect with the Iranian protestors and to acknowledge folks in Iran are sad is critical. Bear in mind, he is making these feedback in Qatar, the host of the World Cup and a key Iran ally.

In the previous couple of days, I’ve met quite a few Iranian girls right here in Doha. Some had been completely happy to talk brazenly and angrily towards what’s taking place of their residence nation, others had been extra reticent – all stated they would not help the Iranian staff as a result of it was linked to the Iranian authorities.

What Hajsafi stated right this moment may change this notion. It is unclear what the repercussions shall be for him in Iran – he could possibly declare that he was expressing sympathy for policemen, fairly than protestors, who’ve died.

However it is a nation the place the authorities have violently cracked down on so lots of these talking out towards oppression.

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