Iran coach blasts Nike over 2018 FIFA World Cup boots

first_imgIranian players will have to wear another brand even as 60 per cent of the players in the 32-team FIFA World Cup this year will be wearing Nike boots.Iran national football team’s head coach Carlos Queiroz has called on FIFA to intervene after US sportswear giant Nike said it would not provide shoes to Iranian players in the World Cup in line with American sanctions, media reports said.”Players get used to their sports equipment, and it’s not right to change them a week before such important matches,” Press TV quoted Queiroz as saying.”We call on FIFA to come to our help in this issue,” he said.”It has been a source of inspiration for us,” Queiroz told Sky Sports. “This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement. Everybody is aware about the sanctions.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP – FULL COVERAGE”They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary.”Iran’s first Group B match will be held against Morocco in St. Petersburg on June 15 and Iranian players will have their boots changed at the last hour.Also read – FIFA World Cup: Mbappe says ‘I’m fine’ after injury scare in trainingNike said its decision was in line with US President Donald Trump’s announcement in May to withdraw from Iran’s nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic republic, Xinhua news agency reported.Also read – Former England coach Sam Allardyce is jealous of Gareth Southgateadvertisement”US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time,” Nike had said in a statement.The sanctions are to kick in six months after the announcement, but a number of European companies have jumped the gun and already started winding down business in Iran.(With IANS inputs)last_img read more