Iranians face retribution after World Cup loss against USA, experts say

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Iran’s national soccer team faces retribution in the Islamic Republic after coming up short in Tuesday’s showdown against the United States, experts told The Post.

Mike Baker, a former CIA covert operations officer, said the Iranian players are stuck in an “untenable position” after their much-hyped match against the United States, which defeated Iran 1-0 to advance to the knockout round of 16.

“Given what we’ve seen from the Iranian regime … they’ve shown themselves to be brutal and there’s no reason to believe they’re going to suddenly become rational,” Baker said.

US forward Christian Pulisic scored the winning goal against in Iran on Tuesday, forcing the Islamic Republic out of the World Cup.

In their opening match against England last week, Iran’s players declined to sing their national anthem in an apparent protest over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was allegedly beaten in police custody for failing to properly wear a hijab in September.

And although Iran’s players sang their national anthem Tuesday, a win against the US would have helped ease their prior transgression, Baker said.

“The regime would have used them for their own purposes,” Baker told The Post. “They would have spent all the focus on the victory, defeating ‘The Great Satan’ or whatever clever phrases they come up with.”

On Monday, CNN reported that families of the Iranian team were threatened with imprisonment and torture if the players failed to “behave” before their match against the US. Iranian players were forced to meet with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps after demonstrating before the England game, the report added.

 I will turn you around, put hooks in your jaws and bring you out with your whole army—your horses, your horsemen fully armed, and a great horde with large and small shields, all of them brandishing their swords. Persia, Cush[c] and Put will be with them, all with shields and helmets.” Ez. 38″4-5

Protests have erupted across Iran since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old aspiring lawyer, was arrested for failing to properly wear a hijab and died in police custody in September.

Protests have erupted across Iran since Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old aspiring lawyer, was arrested for failing to properly wear a hijab and died in police custody in September.