Day 5 – Q.3 In the ongoing world football world cup, the Iranian team declined to sing the national anthem in solidarity with the Iranian women. Was it ethical? Substantiate your views.

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In the ongoing world football world cup, the Iranian team declined to sing the national anthem in solidarity with the Iranian women. Was it ethical? Substantiate your views.

अभी चल रहे विश्व फुटबॉल विश्व कप में, ईरानी टीम ने ईरानी महिलाओं के साथ एकजुटता में राष्ट्रगान गाने से मना कर दिया। क्या यह नैतिक था? अपने विचारों की पुष्टि कीजिए।

Approach –

In this question candidates need to write about, is Iranian football teams’ decision to decline singing of national anthem in solidarity with Iranian women ethical.in second part of answer substantiate their views.

Introduction –

sIran’s national football team chose not to sing their country’s anthem before their FIFA world cup match on Monday, in an apparent show of solidarity with anti-government protesters amid discontent over their reluctance to speak out.The players were solemn and silent as the anthem was played before the match.

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Ethics and Values play a vital role in shaping an individual’s personal and professional life. Ethics and Values effectively contribute to developing one’s personality and attitude towards society.

  • The principles of ethics are generally based on “Truth, Honesty, Integrity, and Justice”.
  • Ethics can be defined as a set of rules controlled by an individual’s behaviour, which are strengthened by a society or a group of people.
  • Iran’s soccer players did not sing their country’s national anthem before the team’s first match of the 2022 World Cup against England, an apparent nod to the protests that have spread worldwide following the death of Kurdish-Iranian woman Mahsa Amini.
  • The protests sparked in September, when Iran’s so-called morality police killed a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini for allegedly breaking the rules over head covering.
  • Ethics ensure individual freedom as one can differentiate between right and wrong.
  • The act of Iranian players can be seen as fight against injustice and quest for Truth.
  • Many experts believe that the protests are among the biggest challenges faced by the Iranian theocratic government since the Iranian revolution of 1979.
  • Defender Ehsan Hajsaf became the first player of Iran’s national team to open up about the anti-government protests in the country. “They should know that we are with them. And we support them. And we sympathies with them regarding the conditions.
  • He further said We have to accept the conditions in our country are not right and our people are not happy. We are here but it does not mean we should not be their voice or we should not respect them.
  • Ethics must be directed towards the benefit of others excluding self-centred characteristics.
  • By seeing these players act upcoming generations will learn to stand against injustice .
  • As country facing critical situation and protests engulfing all over the nation its moral responsibility as a aware citizen to speak up against it .
  • Patriotism doesn’t lie in only guarding national boundaries but guarding country from inside against evil forces who encroaches upon individual rights .
  • Values are considered sacred and are moral imperatives for those who believe in them. Sacred values will seldom be compromised because they are perceived as duties rather than as factors to be weighed in decision-making.
  • Values are personal in character. They are related to one’s personal beliefs and choices. They generally descend from one generation to the other through family or societal beliefs and practices.
  • This is not first time when sporting stage used by players for raising their voice, few years ago baseball player Colin kaepernick also knelled down as protest against racism and black lives matter campaign during national anthem .
  • Maintaining silence when fellow countrymen suffers is sign that its just matter of time that evil forces will  also come to you .
  • As they say injustice happening anywhere is threat to justice everywhere.
  • Some values have intrinsic worth, such as love, truth, and freedom. Other values, such as ambition, responsibility, and courage, describe traits or behaviors that are instrumental as means to an end.
  • The protest done by Iranian players is highest form of patriotism as even after death of Mahasa amini govt trying to suppress protests by any means including killing people in peaceful protests .
  • Hence it ain’t wrong to utilize sporting platform to raising voice against injustice as sports unites whole world and gives coverage worldwide.
  • The players act becomes more justified as Iranian government was trying to suppress their voices by not giving coverage to protest happening all over country.
  • So using social media power to garner support for just cause from world is absolutely ethical, and this technological advancements not available for previous generations .


The  act of Iranian football team to decline singing national anthem is absolutely ethical as they gave freedom as highest regardand  not just playing for country but doing their national duty as responsible citizen.

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