Thomas Siniecki, Media365: published on Thursday, November 24, 2022 at 9:46 p.m.
Mehdi Taremi did not dodge the controversy concerning the Iranian players, authors of a real act of defiance, but he believes that his answers will be useless. Carlos Queiroz, as a foreigner, also displays his vision.
The Iranians did not sing their anthem on Monday against England (6-2), a strong sign of support for the major protests that have set the country ablaze for two months and the death of student Mahsa Amini – after being arrested by the morality police because she was not wearing her veil. Among them, Mehdi Taremi who scored the two goals for Team Melli. He assures that he and his teammates are under “no pressure” from their leaders, while meanwhile former international defender Vouria Ghaffouri has been arrested in Iran following his club’s training for the propaganda and insult against the national team, after having posed in Kurdish clothes (information relayed by the Iranian agency Fars).
Queiroz “finds it strange that we don’t ask questions of others”
The FC Porto striker continues: “Whatever I say, there will be no impact, since some will write what they want. So I only talk about these political subjects in private, or on my own networks. social. We came to play football, not only us, but all the players of this World Cup. Me, like thousands of people, we don’t have the power to change things.” The 30-year-old is one of the stars of his selection, even more so since this double despite the heavy defeat.
Author of 32 goals in 62 selections (sixth best director in the history of Iran, second in activity behind Sardar Azmoun and his 41 units), he was alongside his coach Carlos Queiroz, who had created a small controversy last week by leaving a press conference after a question from an English journalist. The Portuguese has calmed down a bit, but he hammers home his message: “You have the right to ask questions that you find fair, it’s also our right to answer as you want. But I find it strange that we don’t ask no question to other coaches from other countries, where there are also problems. It’s not fair that the Iranians are the only ones to be entitled to it.”