Nike stops supplying Iran boots
US sporting goods giant Nike confirmed Monday it had stopped supplying Iran’s football team with boots ahead of the World Cup due to sanctions. A statement from Nike said the company was forbidden from supplying kit to the Iranian team as it prepares for its opening World Cup game. ‘US sanctions mean that, as a US company, Nike cannot supply shoes to players in the Iranian National team at this time,’ Nike said. ‘Sanctions applicable to NIKE have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law.’ An ESPN report from Moscow said the Nike decision had left Iranian football officials baffled, noting that the US company had supplied the team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil when similar sanctions were in effect. Iran coach Carlos Queiroz expressed frustration at the decision. ‘Players get used to their sports equipment, and it’s not right to change them a week before such important matches,’ ESPN quoted Queiroz as saying. The ESPN report said Iran’s players had responded to the decision by asking non-Iranian players on their club teams to loan them boots, while others had bought their own from stores. — AFP
Poland’s Glik set for late WC entry
Monaco defender Kamil Glik will miss Poland’s two opening World Cup matches as he recovers from shoulder injury, the country’s team doctor reported on Tuesday. The 30-year-old set piece specialist will not be available for the games against Senegal on June 19, and Colombia five days later. But he will be in contention to face Japan in Poland’s final Group H match in Volgograd on June 28. ‘After a series of tests I’ve decided that Kamil Glik will go to the World Cup in Russia,’ said the squad’s doctor Jacek Jaroszewski. ‘He’ll be available to play only from the third game, that’s four weeks after his injury.’ Poland have their final World Cup warm-up against Lithuania in Warsaw later Tuesday before flying to their World Cup base in Sochi on Wednesday. Last week the Polish football federation had suggested there was ‘no chance’ of Glik recovering in time to take part in the tournament. — AFP
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