Sportswear manufacturing giant Nike has withdrawn its supply of boots to Iran just before the start of Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup on Thursday.
The decision made by Nike was prompted by fresh US sanctions and that has left Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz and his players frustrated.
American President Donald Trump had earlier withdrawn from the nuclear deal between the Asian nation and world powers.
Trump also vowed to reimpose economic sanctions that were overlooked when the deal was signed in 2015.
The move from Trump made several major companies suspend their activities in Iran and Nike is not left out.
In a statement explaining its position, Nike said: “US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time.”
“Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.” The statement further said.
Any US entity found guilty of violating the sanctions could face punishment in the form of hefty fines, according to US Treasury.
Former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Queiroz has asked world football’s governing body, FIFA, to intervene.
He told reporters that: “Players get used to their sports equipment, and it’s not right to change them a week before such important matches.
“We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters. But we are asking Fifa to help us with this.” He concluded.
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