Iranian midfielder Saeed Ezatolahi mourned the death of his friend and childhood teammate Mehran Samak.
The news conference before the U.S.-Iran match took a surreal turn.
The decision was intended to show “support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights,” the U.S. Soccer Federation said Sunday.
Stadium security in Qatar also seized flags, T-shirts and other items expressing support for the protest movement that has gripped the Islamic Republic.
Iran's national soccer team has picked up activist torch at World Cup from prominent player Voria Ghafouri.
The U.N. Human Rights Council voted to condemn the bloody crackdown on peaceful protests and to investigate alleged abuses, particularly those committed against women and children.
Police said at least three were seriously injured.
Activists say Iranian security forces have used heavy gunfire against protesters in a Kurdish town in the country’s west.
Many believe the act was done in solidarity with the ongoing protests in the country for women’s rights.
The former president addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition.