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Iran's national soccer team sang during the playing of their national anthem at their second World Cup match against Wales 

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on Friday having refrained from doing so in their opening game earlier this week in apparent support of protesters back home.

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Loud jeers were heard from Iranian supporters as the anthem played, with the team singing quietly as it played.

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Iranian authorities have responded with deadly force to suppress protests that have marked one of the boldest challenges to its clerical rulers since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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Inside the stadium ahead of the match, a number of supporters had shown support for the protests.

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A woman with dark red tears painted from her eyes held aloft a football jersey with

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"Mahsa Amini - 22" printed on the back - a reference to the 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman whose death while.

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the custody of morality police two months ago ignited the nationwide protests, a Reuters photo showed.

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A man standing next to her held a shirt printed with the words "WOMEN, LIFE, FREEDOM", one of the main chants of the protests.

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Ahead of the World Cup, protesters had taken heart from apparent shows of support from a number of Iran's national teams which refrained from singing the national anthem, such as the basketball team.