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Iran’s football association has complained to Fifa following the removal of the Islamic Republic emblem from its flag by the United States team in social media posts.
The US took out the Allah symbol from graphics on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram before their World Cup meeting.
The US stated that they have decided to not use Iran’s flag as a symbol of support for women in Iran who are fighting for basic human rights, despite mass protests against the government.
Protests in Iran were sparked by Mahsa Amini’s death in September . This 22-year-old was taken into custody by morality police after she allegedly broke the rules regarding head coverings.
“In a unprofessional act the Instagram page for the US football Federation removed the Allah symbol off the Iranian flag,” stated Iran’s state news agency IRNA.
“The Iran Football Federation sent Fifa an email to request that it issue a serious warning about the US federation. ”
Later, a US Soccer spokesperson stated that the posts were removed and replaced by ones with the correct Iran flag. However, he added that “We still support women in Iran.” ”
Iran accuses the US and foreign adversaries of instigating protests. The US government has imposed sanctions on Iranian officials for the crackdown.
In 1980, the US and Iran severed diplomatic relations.
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