Carlos Queiroz, Head coach of Iran national team said to protect their player and told the country’s fans to “stay at home” if they cannot support the team after match losing to England national team 2-6 in the FIFA World Cup 2022 Group stage, Group B last night.
Before the tournament, several members of the Iran squad received criticism leading up to the tournament for not openly speaking out against the country’s government amid nationwide protests, addition on last night in the match 11 players of “The Melli” has not sung the national anthem during a ceremony before the match for a show of support for protesters in Iran.
“That’s why my duty, it is probably to invite the fans who are here already to support the team or they should stay home. Why did they come here to be against the team. We don’t need them.”
“It’s much better they stay home. To have fans who only support the team when we are winning, we don’t need them. It’s something that the players can feel when they are playing.”
Queiroz appeared to seek to clarify those initial comments later in his postmatch news conference
“When I make the comment about Iranians, of course all Iranians in the stadium are all welcome. They have the right to be pleased or criticise the team, that is not a problem.” Queiroz said
“Those that come to disturb the team with the issues that are not only about football opinions, they are not welcome because our boys are just simple football boys.”
“They represent a country. I had the privilege to work in England, Portugal, many places and I know the passion of the game in England, Portugal, Spain and Brazil. Iran is not a fake country of football that you need to build up fake situations.”
“The passion of football is all over the place. These kids, they have one dream: to play football., It is not their fault the World Cup happens in this moment.”
“You don’t even imagine behind the scenes what these kids they have been living in the last few days just because they want to play football, just because they want to express themselves as footballers.”
“Whatever they do whatever they say, they want to kill them. Can you imagine at one stage of your life, whatever you say or do or think, you are killed? They only have one hope. Let them represent the country, play for the people, everybody represents the people here.”
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