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Iran's national team at a friendly match with Turkey on May 28 Iran's national team at a friendly match with Turkey on May 28
Shannon Reynolds | 15 June, 2018, 20:15

Iran's national football team has reacted with anger after Nike said it would refuse to provide players with its boots for the World Cup due to new United States sanctions.

There is some confusion among the Iranians, however, because Nike has supplied the team with gear in the past when the country was subjected to US sanctions - including the 2014 World Cup. Iranian footballers were commended for their performance in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, where it gave tough time to the Argentine team in a group match.

Nike's decision has also not gone down well with Iranian fans, who have encouraged others to boycott the company's products using the hashtag #NoToNike on social media platform Twitter.

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

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Queiroz told Sky Sports that in his opinion Nike's comment was unnecessary as everybody is aware of the sanctions.

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Iran have more in-form strikers than four years ago and it could help Queiroz with his tactical plans.

"They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary", 65-year-old Queiroz said. "We want to get through to the second round, but that is obviously going to be a very hard task".

Team Melli are drawn in Group B which features heavyweights Portugal and Spain.

After the Iranian football association severed ties with the German company Uhlsport, a significant improvement with regards to the supply of sports equipment could have been a contract with the German sportswear giant Adidas.

The World Cup begins Thursday in Russian Federation. 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.

Up front, Queiroz can call upon several strikers with experience of European club football, who will be key figures in helping Iran progress from the group stage for the first time.

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