World Cup security staff have been spotted confiscating a shirt bearing Mahsa Amini’s name from an Iranian fan during their clash with Wales.
Yasi, who also attended England vs Iran earlier in the week, travelled from America to attend the World Cup and has been wearing striking make-up with tears dripping from her eyes to games, while holding the shirt.
Amini was a 22-year-old who died in custody after being arrested by Iran’s morality police for allegedly not adhering to the country’s strict dress code for women, sparking protests across the country which have been mirrored at the World Cup in Qatar, where thousands of fans have made the journey to watch their team in Group B.
However, photographers captured Yasi being confronted by security staff before the game started, apparently because of Fifa rules that state “any item containing wording/images with political, offensive and/or discriminatory messages” is banned from World Cup venues.
Yasi was also accompanied by a man wearing a t-shirt and holding an Iranian flag, both of which bore the slogan “Women Life Freedom”.
During Iran’s 6-2 defeat to England, i spoke to Yasi about her protest.
“There are so many brave women and men on the streets just for their basic rights. None of this matters. This game means nothing,” Yasi said.
“The people in Iran just want to live but my people don’t have that. It’s the least I could do.
“All of my family are in Iran. I call them five times a day, if they don’t respond to my texts in five minutes I get anxious. I call them because you don’t know. Children, people just passing on the street, protestors – there’s so much brutality going on.”
She added: “Fifa cannot tell us to concentrate on the football. Some free media in Iran had visas to come to Qatar but at the last minute it was cancelled. That tells you everything.”
i has approached Fifa and the Qatari World Cup organising committee for comment.
More to follow.