The World Cup is being played in Qatar as we speak. It’s the first World Cup played in the Arab world, a region not known for its robust civil rights. Team USA plays Iran tomorrow while there are massive civil rights protests happening in the country. It’s been a major political topic at the World Cup, and the Iranian government is none too happy about it. They had their Iranian reporters attempt to corner Team USA Captain Tyler Adams, wondering what it’s like for HIM to play for a country that has so much racism and discrimination going on.
It was a weird day where, apparently, the Iranian press corps has been studying the journalisming of their American counterparts and taking every attempt to politicize sports.
Gregg Berhalter and Tyler Adams have now been asked about systemic racism in the U.S., the American fleet in the Persian Gulf, high inflation, and why Iranians need a visa to visit the USA but Americans don’t need one for Iran.