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Man ‘executed by Islamic Republic forces’ for celebrating Iran World Cup defeat

A man has reportedly been shot and killed by Islamic Republic forces in Iran for celebrating the country's defeat to the USA at the World Cup.

Anti-government protestors publicly celebrated after Iran were dumped out of the World Cup last night (Tuesday, November 29).

Activists have said that government forces in Bandar Anzali, eastern Iran, executed Mehran Samak, 27, after he honked his car horn.

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According to a report from Iran International, he was sitting in the vehicle alongside his fiancée when a member of Iran's security forces approached and shot him in the head.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Many Iranians have refused to support their national team at the Qatar World Cup, seeing it as emblematic of the country's tyrannical regime.

Images from across the country, predominantly in the Kurdish north-west, showed protestors celebrating with glee following their 1-0 defeat to the USA.

Many shouted "death to the dictator", a popular protest slogan referring to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

There has been widespread unrest in Iran over recent months following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody – a woman arrested by morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the country's strict dress code.

Furious protests quickly erupted after her death, posing one of the most serious challenges to Iran's theocracy since its establishment in the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Iranian football team have been at the centre of the issue since the World Cup began after refusing to sing the country's national anthem ahead of their opening game, a 6-2 defeat to England.

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The players were seen singing the national anthem on the pitch before the game yesterday after they had been warned by officials in Tehran that they faced retribution for their "insulting" decision not to sing it beforehand.

Last week Voria Ghafouri, who was dropped from Iran's national squad ahead of the World Cup, was arrested after a training session with his local club Foolad Khuzestan for criticising the government over the crackdown on the recent protests.

He was arrested over accusations he had "tarnished the reputation of the national team and spread propaganda against the state".

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