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Sport Iran's World Cup team is suddenly scrambling to find shoes to wear after Nike abruptly withdrew its supply

04:10  14 june  2018
04:10  14 june  2018 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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' Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team .' That’ s because American sports apparel company Nike has had to withdraw its support of the Iranian national soccer team due to sanctions against Iran .

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Just days before their opening match in the 2018 World Cup, the Iranian national team was dealt a severe blow.

Nike, who was set to sponsor the team with cleats and footwear throughout the tournament, announced that it had withdrawn its support of the team for the World Cup because of global economic sanctions against the country.

In a statement, Nike said, "U.S. sanctions mean that, as a U.S. company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time."

The decision from Nike comes in the wake of the Trump administration's move to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. 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.

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Iran ’ s national soccer team is scrambling to find new cleats after Nike said it won’t let the players wear its spikes, with just a week to go before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Iran's coach, Carlos Queiroz, expressed frustration with the move, noting how dramatically it could affect his team's play through the tournament.

"Players get used to their sports equipment," Queiroz said. "It's not right to change them a week before such important matches."

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MOSCOW — Iran ’ s national team was always going to face a difficult challenge in 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.

Iran ’ s national soccer team is scrambling to find new cleats after Nike said it won’t let the players wear its spikes, with just a week to go before the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

According to ESPN's Sam Borden, players on the Iranian team have been left to find shoes by other means - reaching out to non-Iran players that play club ball to loan them a few pairs, or just buying their own. Still, the lack of a reliable supply of boots puts players in a tight spot, especially if weather or field conditions are less than ideal.

Iran will begin its World Cup run on Friday with a match against Morocco, followed by matches against Spain and Portugal to finish out the group stage of the tournament. While they already faced an uphill battle in advancing to the knockout round of the tournament, now they will have to pull off the miracle without the support of a shoe sponsor.

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