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US sanctions force Nike to drop Iran boot deal ahead of World Cup

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US sporting confirmed today it had stopped supplying Iran's team with boots ahead of due to sanctions.

A statement from said the company was forbidden from supplying kit to the Iranian team as it prepares for its opening game.

"US sanctions mean that, as a US company, cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time," Nike said.

"Sanctions applicable to NIKE have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law."

An ESPN report from said the Nike decision had left Iranian officials baffled, noting that the US company had supplied the team at in when similar sanctions were in effect.

expressed frustration at the decision.

"Players get used to their equipment, and it's not right to change them a week before such important matches," ESPN quoted Queiroz as saying.

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 Nike moves comes at a time of tense relations between and Tehran, with last month pulling out of the 2015 nuclear agreement and re-imposing sanctions it had previously waived.

kick off their World Cup campaign on Friday with a Group B clash against Queiroz's side also face and in the first phase.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 23:10 IST