Carlos Queiroz hits out at Nike for World Cup football boots issue

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

Iran's national team was always going to face a hard challenge trying to compete with more-established nations at the World Cup, but suddenly there is a new obstacle for its players: what to put on their feet.

"US sanctions mean that, as a USA company, Nike can not provide shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time", Nike said in a statement as quoted by ESPN.

Nike has announced it will not supply the Iranian national soccer team with footwear for the World Cup that starts later this week because of worldwide politics.

"Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law", Nike added.

The Nike moves comes at a time of tense relations between Washington and Tehran, with US President Donald Trump last month pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement and re-imposing sanctions it had previously waived.

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Nike announced they have been forbidden from providing football boots to Iran's squad during the tournament, on account of sanctions imposed against the country by the United States.

Iran manager Queiroz, who has been in charge of the side since 2011, has expressed disgust about his players being denied access to the footwear to which they were accustomed just a few days before their World Cup opener against Morocco.

Sports Illustrated reported most teams in the World Cup - an worldwide tournament played every four years - have a footwear sponsor.

However, the company says it can not do so for the tournament in Russian Federation because of sanctions against Iran. A warm-up exhibition match with Greece was cancelled at the last minute due to political concerns and basic tasks, such as booking hotels and flights or doing anything that involves transferring money, require workarounds because of the sanctions against Iran.

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

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