Nike won’t supply Iran with soccer boots amid sanctions

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2018

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.

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.

Iran, making their fifth appearance in the World Cup finals, kick off their campaign against the Atlas Lions in St Petersburg on June 15.

"US sanctions mean that, as a U.S. company, Nike can not supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time", Nike said.

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.

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

It is hardly ideal though; most teams at the World Cup which do have footwear sponsors have multiple options on-hand for each player, so that a player can change his footwear depending on the weather, the field conditions or simply personal comfort, sometimes even switching in the middle of a game. Those sanctions include penalties for companies that do business with Iran.

There is some confusion among the Iranians, however, because Nike has supplied the team with gear in the past when the country was subjected to USA sanctions - including the 2014 World Cup.

The Portuguese said his men want to beat Morocco but there is no guarantee to win the match.

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.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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