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Why is this Iran player allowed to wear pink boots against Morocco?

Iran's Ramin Rezaian is wearing a bold pair of pink boots, but why?

Iran isn’t exactly a country known for it’s flair is it?

Which is why we were left wondering when we saw their centre-back lining up with a pair of pink boots against Morocco today.

First things first, they clash completely with Iran’s white kit.

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Flair move from the defender

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Flair move from the defender

But there is a much more important reason that you may well have missed.

Iran were supposed to be clad with the finest technology in football boots from their partners Nike.

However, because of Donald Trump tearing up the Iran nuclear deal, the sanctions meant that Nike, a US company, cannot supply shoes to the Iranian national team.

That’s according to a statement from the company.

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But according to legal experts it may not be a legal requirement but more of a boycott from Nike, but we’re not the judge of that.

What it did mean though, is that we saw the Iran players in a refreshing mix and match of boots during the game against Morocco in Saint Petersburg.

All the other 31 teams are signed up on boots deals which means they have to stick to the supplied ‘World Cup’ boots by their sponsor.

But this Iran team had all sorts of cleats on show, with some lovely colourful Nikes, to the latest in bitter rival Adidas’ collection.

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Rare to see all the national team in different boots

Rare to see all the national team in different boots

It is fair to say Iran manager Carlos Quieroz was not happy at all with the way his side had been treated.

“I’ve never, in all my career, seen players deliver so much after receiving so little as I have with these Iran boys,” Queiroz said.

“We struggle to travel, to have training camps, to bring opponents, to buy equipment,” he added.

“Even buying shirts is a challenge, but these challenges helped me fall in love with Iran.

“These difficulties become a source of inspiration to the people, it makes them more united, to fight for their country.

“These boys deserve a smile from the rest of the world.”

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