World Cup 2022: Iranians cheer for USA over home country amid ongoing protests

In the midst of nearly three months of protests in Iran, many Iranians were rooting for the US to defeat their own country. Tuesday̵7;s World Cup Match,

Tuesday’s match was important for both the teams. Iran would have advanced to the knockout stage with a draw, while USMNT needed a win, who got getting ahead.

However, some protesters feel an Iranian loss or draw now would harm the regime on the world stage and fuel the protesters’ fightback.

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in an encrypted telephone interview with fox news digital On Monday, an Iranian woman who calls herself “Mahura” and lives in southern Iran said, “It’s not just some people in Iran, it’s the majority of people in Iran who want America to win (Tuesday To). Silent majority. [of Iranians] The reigning team over Wales did not celebrate the victory.”

Celebrations were held in several districts of TehranThe capital of Iran, as well as the highly populated cities of Mashhad, Isfahan and Karaj.

America’s supporters attend the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B match between Iran and the United States at Al-Thumama Stadium in Doha on November 29, 2022.
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Ali Safavi, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, issued the following statement:

“The jubilant reaction across Iran at the defeat of the regime’s soccer team tonight shows first of all the extent to which the Iranian people hate and despise the ruling mullahs and want to overthrow it. They knew that the regime would take advantage of its presence. was trying to pick up.” At the World Cup the team came under fire for the ruthless manner with which it cracked down on the nationwide uprising, which left 660 protesters dead and 30,000 (arrested) including at least 60 children. Never in its 43 years of rule, has the regime become so isolated in the eyes of the Iranian people who are as determined as ever to topple it.”

Saman Ghodos disappointed as his team has been knocked out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stage during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Iran and the United States at Al Thumama Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar .

Saman Ghodos disappointed as his team has been knocked out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stage during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group B match between Iran and the United States at Al Thumama Stadium on November 29, 2022 in Doha, Qatar .
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the united states cried too Iran over the weekend when the US Soccer Federation briefly scrapped the Islamic Republic’s symbol from its flag in a social media post in support of the protesters. Following the demonstration, Iran demanded the US be banned from the tournament.

Fox News’ Benjamin Wenthal and Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.