Live updates: England vs Iran and other World Cup news from Qatar

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Iran’s soccer team kicked off their opener World Cup match against England by staying silent as the national anthem played before kickoff, seeming to stand in solidarity with those protesting back home.

Remember: Protests, chaos and violence has rocked Iran in recent months and threatened the very nature of the country’s regime, which has been in power for more than 40 years. The protests, referred to by experts as the most significant since the establishment of clerical rule following the 1979 Iranian Revolution, were sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died after being detained by Iran’s morality police, allegedly for not abiding by the country’s conservative dress code.

Here’s a glimpse of the moment on and off the pitch.

Iran players line up before the match vs England at Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar, on November 21. (Hannah Mckay/Reuters)
Iranian fans hold up banners in the stadium.
Iranian fans hold up banners in the stadium. (Hasan Bratic/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images)
Iran fans are seen during the match between England and Iran at the FIFA Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park, Doha, Qatar, on November 21.
Iran fans are seen during the match between England and Iran at the FIFA Fan Festival at Al Bidda Park, Doha, Qatar, on November 21. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)
Iran fans watch the match between England and Iran at Al Bidda Park, Doha, Qatar, on November 21.
Iran fans watch the match between England and Iran at Al Bidda Park, Doha, Qatar, on November 21. (Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)
Iran fans hold a banner reading 'Woman life freedom' inside the stadium during the match vs England on November 21.
Iran fans hold a banner reading ‘Woman life freedom’ inside the stadium during the match vs England on November 21. (Paul Childs/Reuters)



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