Iranian Football Team Seeks Apology From Sports Brand Amid US Sanctions
14 Juin, 2018, 07:45 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
Iran's football coach Carlos Queiroz has called on Nike to apologise to his team after the American sportswear firm said it could not supply the players with boots for the World Cup due to sanctions.
The last-minute announcement has left the Iranian team scrambling to figure out which soccer cleats the players will wear for the World Cup, which begins Thursday at soccer stadiums throughout Russian Federation.
Iran manager Queiroz, who has been in charge of the side since 2011, has expressed disgust about his players being denied access to the footwear to which they were accustomed just a few days before their World Cup opener against Morocco.
USA sporting goods giant Nike confirmed Monday it had stopped supplying Iran's soccer team with soccer shoes ahead of the World Cup due to sanctions.
That second part has left Iranian federation members confused - and frustrated - with the timing of the decision since Nike had been supplying the team previously, including at the 2014 World Cup when similar sanctions were in place.
This follows the recent decision of the Trump administration to pull out of the global nuclear deal made three years ago, and to intensify restrictions on Iran.
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