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Nike Won't Supply Iran With Cleats for FIFA World Cup

Nike Won't Supply Iran With Cleats for FIFA World Cup
Iran's Mehdi Torabi and his teammates will not be supplied with Nike cleats for the World Cup amid U.S. sanctions after pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. (Ebrahim Noroozi/AP)

By    |   Monday, 11 June 2018 04:31 PM

Nike has announced it will not supply the Iranian national soccer team with footwear for the World Cup that starts later this week because of international politics.

Citing the Trump administration's withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, the sportswear company said it can no longer legally provide Iran with equipment.

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

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 Russia.

Iran's first game is Friday against Morocco.

There is some confusion among the Iranians, however, because Nike has supplied the team with gear in the past when the country was subjected to U.S. sanctions — including the 2014 World Cup.

Iran's coach Carlos Queiroz said, "Players get used to their sports equipment, and it's not right to change them a week before such important matches."

Sports Illustrated reported most teams in the World Cup — an international tournament played every four years — have a footwear sponsor.

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Citing international politics and U.S. sanctions on Iran, Nike has announced it will not supply the Iranian national soccer team with footwear for the World Cup that starts later this week.
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