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sport news Iran's World Cup team 'faces retribution' after USA World Cup loss, claims ... trends now

sport news Iran's World Cup team 'faces retribution' after USA World Cup loss, claims ... trends now

Iran's World Cup squad may face retribution upon its return to the Islamic Republic after losing 1-0 to the US on Tuesday, ending their chances of progressing to the tournament's knockout stages. 

'Given what we've seen from the Iranian regime … they've shown themselves to be brutal and there's no reason to believe they're going to suddenly become rational,' an ex-CIA covert operations officer told The New York Post, adding that the Iranian players are being put in an 'untenable situation'.

Last week, Iran's starting XI against England stayed quiet before the start of the opening Group B match when the country's national anthem was being played. The silence from the players was a sign of protest over the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who allegedly died from police brutality while being held in custody for not properly wearing a hijab in September.

At least 451 people have been killed since demonstrations in Iran started, and well over 18,000 have been arrested, according to Human Rights Activists, an advocacy group following the demonstrations. 

Families of Team Melli's playing and coaching staff were then threatened with torture and jailtime by Iran's government if they failed to sing the national anthem prior to the team's final group match against the US on Tuesday, a source told CNN

Iran’s soccer players sang their national anthem before facing the US on Tuesday in the World Cup, days after their families were allegedly threatened with imprisonment and torture if the team did not show signs of patriotism

Iran's soccer players sang their national anthem before facing the US on Tuesday in the World Cup, days after their families were allegedly threatened with imprisonment and torture if the team did not show signs of patriotism

Ramin Rezaeian and Vahid Amiri, of Iran, look dejected after crashing out of the group stage

Ramin Rezaeian and Vahid Amiri, of Iran, look dejected after crashing out of the group stage

A meeting between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) and all of Iran's 26 soccer players was called upon after the 6-2 loss against the Three Lions, the source added.

In the next game against Wales - a 2-0 win for Iran - all starting players were seen proudly singing their country's national anthem before doing it again against the US though a win would have helped cover the team's offense in its first World Cup match.

'The regime would have used them for their own purposes,' the ex-CIA officer further told The Post. 'They would have spent all the focus on the victory, defeating ''The Great Satan'' or whatever clever phrases they come up with.' 

Iranian players met with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) and were warned of consequences of not singing their national anthem before a 2-0 win against Wales last week

Iranian players met with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRCG) and were warned of consequences of not singing their national anthem before a 2-0 win against Wales last week

A protester holds a portrait of Mahsa Amini during a demonstration in support of Amini, a young Iranian woman who died after being placed under arrest in Tehran by the Islamic Republic's morality police in September

A protester holds a portrait of Mahsa Amini during a demonstration in support of Amini, a young Iranian woman who died after being placed under arrest in Tehran by the Islamic Republic's morality police in September

Iranian supporters show signs with the name Mahsa Amini during the final group B match between the US and Iran on Tuesday

Iranian supporters show signs with the name Mahsa Amini during the final group B match between the US and Iran on Tuesday

Several hundred Iranians have demonstrated against what they call 'massacres' by the Iranian authorities since the death of Mahsa Amini in morality police custody

Several hundred Iranians have demonstrated against what they call 'massacres' by the Iranian authorities since the death of Mahsa Amini in morality police custody

The Iranian players in Qatar have declined to comment or made vague statements about the protests in Tehran, which have intensified after Iranian rock climber Elnaz Rekabi was placed under house arrest for taking part in a competition abroad last month without a mandatory hijab. 

Many Iranian women observed the athlete's gesture as a sign of solidarity for Amini, though she was later coerced into making a forced apology after receiving threats claiming her family's property would be seized. 

Now, the Iranian national soccer team could face sanctions or even arrest once they return back to the homeland after losing to the US, as retribution for their 'traitorous' acts and for failing to beat their political rivals, the ex-CIA officer said. 

'Neither is good if you're an Iranian player upon returning home,' he told The New York Post. 

Iranian climber Elnaz Rekab is allegedly under house arrest in her homeland after taking part in a competition abroad without wearing a mandatory hijab

Iranian climber Elnaz Rekab is allegedly under house arrest in her homeland after taking part in a competition abroad without wearing a mandatory hijab

Fans hold up a shirt with the name of Mahsa Amini and a flag advocating for women's rights during last week's match between Iran and Wales

Fans hold up a shirt with the name of Mahsa Amini and a flag advocating for women's rights during last week's match between Iran and Wales

Iranian supporters have shed light over national issues in their country during the team's stay in Qatar for the World Cup

Iranian supporters have shed light over national issues in their country during the team's stay in Qatar for

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