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Monday, 30 January 2023 05:33 GMT

In Qatar, Iranian manager approaches BBC reporter


(MENAFN) Asked by a BBC interviewer at the World Cup in Qatar, Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz questioned why England counterpart Gareth Southgate is not questioned on issues such as Afghanistan.

Iran play Wales in their second Group B encounter on Friday, but members of the team have spent time at press conferences answering questions about the demonstrations in their home country following the murder of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police detention in September.

Many saw the Iranian team's silence during the national anthem ahead to their first defeat against England on Monday as a gesture of sympathy for the demonstrations.

Queiroz met the media again on Thursday, this time with striker Mehdi Taremi, who scored twice in the 6-2 loss to England.

Queiroz, who is Portuguese, firstly defended reporters’ right to ask a range of questions, stating: “They have the right, the press have the right to make the questions that they understand are the right questions.”

“It is important that if we answer whatever we want, you also need to respect that. We don’t want to mix those kinds of issues in the moment that you’re playing football,” highlighted the 69-year-old.

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