Jun 12, 2018

World Cup: Nike boots barred for Iran footballers amid US sanctions

Sportswear giant Nike says it has withdrawn its supply of boots to Iranian footballers ahead of the World Cup because of new US sanctions. "US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time," the company said in a statement published by ESPN. "Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law." "When Iran refuses to play against Israel it is political interference in sports, but when Nike refuses to supply boots to Iranian players due to sanctions, Fifa doesn't say a word," said one user on Twitter. Another user said Iranian players should have pre-empted Nike by announcing they would no longer wear Nike boots. Some Iranians say as a private US company, Nike had no other choice.

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