Sportswear giant Nike says it has withdrawn its supply of boots to Iranian footballers ahead of the World Cup because of new US sanctions.
The decision has frustrated Iranian players and head coach Carlos Queiroz, who asked Fifa to “help” his players.
Last month, President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Several major foreign companies have since announced they will suspend their activities in Iran.
“US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time,” the company said in a statement published by ESPN.
“Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.”