MOSKOW, NNC – Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz is furious and insisted that Nike apologise to the team after the company refused to supply football shoes to his players for the World Cup due to the US sanctions.
"US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time," Nike said in a statement.
Queiroz, whose team rival against Maroko in their World Cup opening game on Friday, June 15, said that the statement is unnecessary and has asked FIFA to step in.
"It has been a source of inspiration for us," Queiroz told Sky Sports.
"This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement. Everybody is aware about the sanctions.
"They should come out and apologise because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary," he added.