The Iranian international team captain Ehsan Hajsafi spoke out against the situation in his home country before his nation's opening game against England at the World Cup.
"We have to accept that the conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy," he said.
"Before anything else, I would like to express my condolences to all of the bereaved families in Iran," Hajsafi said. "They should know that we are with them, we support them and we sympathise with them."
"We cannot deny the conditions - the conditions in my country are not good and the players know it also."
"We are here but it does not mean that we should not be their voice, or we must not respect them. Whatever we have is from them. We have to fight, we have to perform the best we can and score goals, and present the brave people of Iran with the results.
"And I hope that the conditions change to the expectations of the people."