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Iran ‘Threatens World Cup Players’ Families’ With Torture Before Match

  • Iran threatened the families of the national soccer team with “imprisonment and torture” if the players didn’t “behave” ahead of the match against the United States on Tuesday, a source involved in the security of the games said.
  • The source said that the players of the Iranian team were called to a meeting with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) after they refused to sing their national anthem in their opening match against England on November 21.
  • The players were told their families would face “violence and torture” if they pulled a stunt like that again or joined a political protest, added the source, who is monitoring Iran’s security agencies during the World Cup.
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