Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Nike 'should apologise for arrogant statement' - Iran's Carlos Queiroz

Nike 'should apologise for arrogant statement' - Iran's Carlos Queiroz

The Iran head coach, Carlos Queiroz, has demanded an apology from Nike after the United States sportswear firm said it could not supply the players with football boots for the World Cup because of sanctions.

He vowed to reimpose economic sanctions that were waived when the deal was signed in 2015.

Nike added that sanctions applicable to its business "have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law".

ESPN reported Monday that the decision follows the US withdrawing last month from the Iran nuclear deal.

The US Treasury has said that any US entity found to breach the sanctions could face severe financial penalties.

"Players get used to their sports equipment, and it's not right to change them a week before such important matches", ESPN quoted Queiroz as saying.

The Iranian soccer federation has contacted FIFA, the governing body of the World Cup, to help address the matter, ESPN reported.

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"We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters".

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 global politics.

Iranians have now taken to social media to express their displeasure at Nike's decision, initiating a hashtag "No to Nike".

Nike confirmed in a statement they are unable to provide kit to Iran due to the U.S. sanctions now in place against the country. "There was a time our sportsmen were symbols of national pride". Trump said the USA would re-impose sweeping, harsh economic sanctions on Iran.

"Nike is a private company and its only objective is to satisfy its shareholders".

But Queiroz, whose Iran side play Morocco in their opening World Cup game on Friday, has hit out at the American sportswear company, claiming they should apologise for their "arrogant conduct".

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