Iran Loses to U.S. After Officials Threaten ‘Violence and Torture’ If Iranian Soccer Players Don’t ‘Behave’

U.S. beats Iran 1-0.

From The Boston Globe:

The US men’s national soccer team beat Iran, 1-0, in its third and final Group B game to advance to the round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Americans last advanced to the Round of 16 in 2014, the last tournament in which they appeared.

The US had scored just once in its previous two World Cup games (1-1 draw vs. Wales, 0-0 draw vs. England). Star winger Christian Pulisic finally came through in the clutch, volleying a header from Sergiño Dest into the Iran goal in the 38th minute.

Families of team Iran threatened.

From CNN:

The families of Iran’s World Cup soccer team have been threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players fail to “behave” ahead of the match against the USA on Tuesday, a source involved in the security of the games said.

Following the refusal of Iranian players to sing the nation’s national anthem in their opening match against England on November 21, the source said that the players were called to a meeting with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The source said that they were told that their families would face “violence and and torture” if they did not sing the national anthem or if they joined any political protest against the Tehran regime.

The players sang the anthem before their second game against Wales last Friday, which saw 2-0 victory for Iran.

The source, who is closely monitoring Iran’s security agencies operating in Qatar over the World Cup period, said that dozens of officers from the IRGC had been drafted in to monitor the Iranian players who are not allowed to mingle outside the squad or meet with foreigners.

“There are a large number of Iranian security officers in Qatar collecting information and monitoring the players,” the source said.