Iranians Celebrate World Cup Loss Amid Humanitarian Protests
The people of Iran took to the streets to celebrate its football team’s loss at the FIFA 2022 World Cup. Iran faced the US on November 29 and lost 1-0 but the fans back home, instead of mourning the loss, were dancing on the streets as a sign of protest against the football team which is considered part of the country’s oppressive regime.
Iran went head-to-head with USA on November 29 and the match ended 1-0 in favor of USA. Iranian fans took to the streets in Sanandaj and Kamyaran to celebrate the team’s loss as the people of Iran denounce the football team. They consider the team a part of the oppressive regime which they are fighting against. Videos on social media show people dancing on the streets, honking their horns, and using fireworks.
Iran is a country where people are very passionate about football. Now they are out in the streets in the city of Sanandaj & celebrate the loss of their football team against US.
They don’t want the government use sport to normalize its murderous regime.pic.twitter.com/EMh8mREsQn pic.twitter.com/MqpxQZqT20
— Masih Alinejad 🏳️ (@AlinejadMasih) November 29, 2022
Not just the civilians, but media personalities of Iran also showed their support for the humanitarian cause. Iranian game journalist Saeed Zafarany tweeted after the loss, “Who would’ve ever thought I’d jump three meters and celebrate America’s goal!” Podcaster Elahe Khosravi tweeted, “This is what playing in the middle gets you. They lost to the people, the opponent, and even the government.”
Surreal: Fireworks reportedly from Saqqez #Iran tonight celebrating US win over Iranian team at World Cup. Saqqez is #MahsaAmini’s hometown, the woman whose death has sparked mass protests against regime pic.twitter.com/1qoXxmBkfK
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) November 29, 2022