Nike halt supply of boots to Iran citing US sanctions

Сборная Ирана за несколько дней до ЧМ-2018 осталась без… бутс

MOSCOW, Iran's national soccer coach Carlos Queiroz said they are completely ready to meet Morocco at the 2018 World Cup, Tehran Times daily reported on Wednesday.

"U.S. sanctions mean that, as a USA company, Nike can not supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time", the company said in a statement obtained by the news outlet.

Victoria Coates, special assistant to President Trump, on President Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, Trump's handling of North Korea and the confirmation hearings for CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel.

In May president Trump reimposed economic sanctions against Iran when the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and other world powers that was signed in 2015.

The last-minute announcement has left the Iranian team scrambling to figure out which soccer cleats the players will wear for the World Cup, which begins Thursday at soccer stadiums throughout Russian Federation.

"Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law".

A statement from Nike said the company was forbidden from supplying kit to the Iranian team as it prepares for its opening World Cup game. Those sanctions include penalties for companies that do business with Iran. "We respect them a lot and I am sure they respect us a lot too", Queiroz told reporters at BaBakovkaamp in Russian Federation. "This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement".

"They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary".

The ESPN report said Iran's players had responded to the decision by asking non-Iranian players on their club teams to loan them boots, while others had bought their own from stores.

Queiroz's side, meanwhile, face Spain in Kazan on June 20 before meeting Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Saransk five days later.

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