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Carlos Queiroz confronted a reporter after his press conference over questions reclassifying the ongoing protests in Iran.

Iran coach Queiroz lost patience following questions from BBC Persia’s Shaimaa Khalil to striker Mehdi Taremi ahead of their World Cup clash with Wales on Friday.

Queiroz was unhappy with questioning about protests in Iran

“Why are you asking these questions? Why? I’m talking to you,” Queiroz said as he approached the reporter after a press conference.

“’I ask you one thing now. The press conference is over. Do you think this is fair?

“Why don’t you ask the other coaches, ask them [Gareth] Southgate what they think of England and the United States, how they left Afghanistan?

Taremi was asked if he had a message for those protesting against the government after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Thousands of people protested in Iran after her death, which came after she collapsed after three days in police custody.

Queiroz and Taremi faced the media ahead of Iran's clash with Wales

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Queiroz and Taremi faced the media ahead of Iran’s clash with Wales


The Iranian national team failed to sing their country’s national anthem, ahead of their 6-2 loss to England in support of the protesters.

Taremi insisted the team were under no pressure to sing the national anthem for their game against Wales.

He added: “I can’t change anything, thousands of other people like me can’t change anything.”

Queiroz was previously asked if it was “right” for Western journalists to ask about the situation in Iran.

Queiroz denounced a BBC journalist for comments on Iran

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Queiroz denounced a BBC journalist for comments on Iran

He said: “They have the right, the press has the right to make sure the issues they understand are the right issues. We have the right to give the right answers.

“It’s just a question that we respect each other. We have no problem with your question, whatever it is.

“It’s important that if we answer whatever we want, you have to respect that as well… There’s nothing wrong with the international press asking whatever questions they want.

“It’s freedom of the press and we have the freedom to respond.”

Concerns have also been raised following the recent arrest of Iranian footballer Voria Ghafouri, accused of “spreading propaganda” against the Islamic Republic.

The 35-year-old right-back was arrested after a training session on November 24, after he strongly criticized the country’s regime and put down protests.

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