Iranian Football Federation Says Players Who Protested During International Tournament Will be ‘Dealt With’

Iran’s football authorities vowed to deal with beach soccer players who showed solidarity with Iranian protesters during an international tournament on Sunday, November 6, according to London-based news outlet Iran International.

Iran won the Emirates Intercontinental Beach Soccer Cup on Sunday, beating Brazil in the final after Saeed Piramoon scored the winning goal.

This footage shows Piramoon making a scissor-like gesture above his head with his fingers to mimic cutting his hair after scoring.

Haircutting has become a symbol of solidarity with the protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in police custody after her arrest for allegedly wearing her hijab improperly.

Making no reference to the controversy, President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday congratulated the beach soccer team for showing “another demonstration of Iran’s strength in the international sports arena.”

In a statement on Monday, Iran’s Football Federation vowed that “those who have not followed professional and sports ethics … will be dealt with according to the regulations.”

The national team players did not cheer or celebrate after winning the cup following their final victory against Brazil and refused to sing the national anthem of the Islamic Republic at the beginning of their semi-final match against the UAE.

Last month, Elnaz Rekabi competed during the International Federation of Sport Climbing’s Asian Championships in Seoul, without covering her hair – obligatory for all Iranian women even while competing abroad – causing controversy. Credit: Beach Soccer Worldwide via Storyful

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