Nike drop Iran boot deal ahead of World Cup due to sanctions

Iran's national team at a friendly match with Turkey on May 28

United States-based sport and clothing company Nike announced it will not provide cleats to Iran's national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to begin on June 14, citing USA sanctions.

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But Queiroz, whose Iran side play Morocco in their opening World Cup game on Friday, has hit out at the American sportswear company, claiming they should apologise for their "arrogant conduct".

Iran's national team was always going to face a hard challenge trying to compete with more-established nations at the World Cup, but suddenly there is a new obstacle for its players: what to put on their feet.

"The sanctions mean that, as a USA company, we can not provide shoes to players in the Iran national team at this time", Nike said in a statement Friday.

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"It has been a source of inspiration for us", Queiroz told Sky Sports.

"We expect that Federation Internationale de Football Association will come with a position and if they don't we will publish the letter we sent to Federation Internationale de Football Association".

The ESPN report said Iran's players had responded to the decision by asking non-Iranian players on their club teams to loan them boots, while others had bought their own from stores. The U.S. Treasury can impose a penalty of up to US$1 million and 20 years in prison against any company or person who violates the sanctions.

The concern about boots is just one of many logistical issues that Iran's team has faced as it prepares to participate in its fifth World Cup. Team Melli, as they are known, will also face Spain and Portugal as they try to advance out of Group B.

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