Nike drop Iran boot deal ahead of World Cup

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Nike to Withhold Iranian Soccer Team's Shoes for World Cup Over US Sanctions

Team Melli' or Iran national football national team are among the first country to reach Russian Federation where the Fifa World cup is being hosted.

The backdrop to the development is the Trump administration's recent decision to withdraw from the global nuclear deal made three years ago, and to intensify the restrictions against Iran.

An ESPN report from Moscow said the Nike decision had left Iranian soccer officials baffled, noting that the USA company had supplied the team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when similar sanctions were in effect. "This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement".

"It has been a source of inspiration for us", Queiroz told Sky Sports. Everybody is aware about the sanctions. While the sanctions are meant to put pressure on the country's economic system, it appears the move has had the unexpected repercussion of leaving Iran's players scrambling for shoes only days before they play the biggest games of their year.

"They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary", 65-year-old Queiroz said. "We know their team very well but I suspect they know very little about us".

Iran kick off their World Cup campaign on Friday with a Group B clash against Morocco.

Queiroz has also managed Real Madrid, worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, as well as coaching the national side from his native Portugal.

Nike supplied the Iranian national team with soccer cleats during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite existing economic sanctions tied to Iran's nuclear program. Those sanctions include penalties for companies that do business with Iran.

"We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters".

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