Carlos Queiroz hits out at Nike for World Cup football boots issue

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Last month, US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal that traded a lifting of global sanctions for restrictions on Tehran's nuclear weapons programme.

United States-based sport and clothing company Nike announced it will not provide cleats to Iran's national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup, scheduled to begin on June 14, citing US sanctions.

After Spain sacked their coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, two days before their opening match, both Morocco and Iran will hope the likelihood of a surprise run has been boosted.

"U.S. sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike can not supply shoes to players in the Iranian national team at this time", the company said in a statement obtained by the news outlet.

"Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law", Nike added. "This last comment of Nike was, in my personal view, an unnecessary statement".

"They should come out and apologize because this arrogant conduct against 23 boys is absolutely ridiculous and unnecessary", Queiroz said.

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Members of Iran's soccer team have resorted to asking other players to loan them footwear or individually purchasing cleats, ESPN reported.

Iran kick off their World Cup campaign on Friday with a Group B clash against Morocco. "We know their team very well but I suspect they know very little about us".

Queiroz has also managed Real Madrid, worked under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, as well as coaching the national side from his native Portugal.

Iran's jerseys are made by rival manufacturer Adidas, though the German company does not sponsor the team; they sold the uniforms to the Iranian federation.

"We are only managers and footballers, and should not get involved in such matters", the manager told reporters.

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