Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

U.S. sanctions force Nike to drop Iran soccer shoe deal

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz Iran coach Carlos Queiroz
Cassandra Castillo | 14 June, 2018, 07:44

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.

Just days before their opening World Cup match against Morocco, Iran is scrambling to find a new footwear situation after Nike, which previously supplied the team's boots, announced it would not longer do so.

Due to USA sanctions, Nike are unable to provide Carlos Queiroz's Iran side with playing gear for the tournament in Russian Federation.

Nike confirmed in a statement they are unable to provide kit to Iran due to the United States sanctions now in place against the country.

"Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law".

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz has revealed his anger at Nike after they refused to supply football boots to his players for the World Cup.

Iran coach Carlos Queiroz expressed frustration at the decision.

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"They should come out and apologize because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary", Queiroz said.

This follows the recent decision of the Trump administration to pull out of the worldwide nuclear deal made three years ago, and to intensify restrictions on Iran.

The ESPN report said Iran's players had responded to the decision by asking non-Iranian players on their club teams to loan them soccer shoes, while others had bought their own from stores.

"We have addressed this concern to Federation Internationale de Football Association and the minimum Nike should do is to apologise to them (Iran's players)".

"Players get used to their sports equipment, and it's not right to change them a week before such important matches", ESPN quoted Queiroz as saying.

Iran will begin its World Cup run on Friday with a match against Morocco, followed by matches against Spain and Portugal to finish out the group stage of the tournament.

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