Wales fans wear rainbow bucket hats to Iran game, but no protest from players against OneLove armband ban

Wales have not followed Germany by making a protest as they lined up for their World Cup clash with Iran over the ban on wearing the OneLove armband.

But fans were allowed to bring rainbow hats and flags into the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium after Fifa gave the green light following an outcry when Welsh supporters had them confiscated at the USA game on Monday.

Welsh skipper Gareth Bale was one of seven captains who had been warned he would be booked if he wore the armband before their opening match against the USA.

Coach Rob Page protested ahead before today’s crucial match with Iran, insisting it is down to governments and football associations to discuss wider matters.

Iran's players sing the national anthem prior the World Cup group B soccer match between Wales and Iran, at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan , Qatar, Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Iran’s players sing the national anthem prior to the World Cup match with Wales at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan (Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Meanwhile, most of Iran’s players sang the anthem of the Islamic Republic in contrast to before their opening game with England when they remained silent in solidarity with anti-regime protesters.

Iranian fans were seen weeping in the stands and some booed as the team appeared to back down against Wales following their defiant stand before playing the Three Lions.

The players had bravely refused to sing before the England game, risking retaliation from the regime which has launched a brutal crackdown on demonstrators who are taking to the streets over the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, after she was arrested for allegedly breaking Iran’s strict rules on wearing the hijab.

A female Iranian fan who was brandishing a Mahsa Amini t-shirt was seen being spoken to by police inside the stadium.

Wales endured a first-half scare when Iran had a goal chalked off after Ali Gholizadeh strayed offside.

(This story is being updated)

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