Nike withdraws Iran World Cup team's boots due to sanctions

Nike withdraws Iran World Cup team's boots due to sanctions

Nike withdraws Iran World Cup team's boots due to sanctions

Nike cited the global economic sanctions against Iran as the primary reason for the withdrawal, a outcome of the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the 2015 worldwide nuclear deal and tighten restrictions against the Asian country.

"U.S. sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike can not supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time", Nike said in a statement, according to ESPN.

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

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.

The Hill has reached out to Nike for comment.

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Iran has also requested Federation Internationale de Football Association to address the matter as the team prepares to play its first game against Morocco on June 15 in St. Petersburg.

Iran will begin its World Cup run on Friday with a match against Morocco, followed by matches against Spain and Portugal to finish out the group stage of the tournament.

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. He deemed the pact ineffective and "one-sided". Trump said the US would re-impose sweeping, harsh economic sanctions on Iran.

Other members of the pact, including France, Germany, China, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union, have pledged to continue to honor the agreement.

Iran manager Queiroz, who has been in charge of the side since 2011, has expressed disgust about his players being denied access to the footwear to which they were accustomed just a few days before their World Cup opener against Morocco.

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