AL RAYYAN, QATAR: Iran’s political unrest also appears to overshadow Iran’s second game at the World Cup, with pro-government fans harassing anti-government supporters outside the stadium in Qatar.
Iran take on Wales in their second Group B game on Friday.
Some Iranian supporters confiscated Persian pre-revolutionary Iranian flags from supporters entering the stadium and shouted insults at those wearing shirts with the slogan of the country’s protest movement, “Woman, Life, Freedom”.
Small crowds of men angrily chanted “Islamic Republic of Iran” to women who were giving interviews about the protests to foreign media.
Many female fans were visibly shaken when supporters of the Iranian government surrounded them with national flags and filmed them on their phones.
Shouting matches erupted outside the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium security checkpoint between fans shouting “Women, Life, Freedom” and others shouting “The Islamic Republic”.
Some anti-government supporters held signs in support of the protest movement during Iran’s first game against England earlier this week.

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