Adidas and Nike: Make Iran 2018 World Cup apparel available to national team and customers

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Due to sanctions against the Iranian government, American athletic apparel companies like Adidas and Nike are refusing to supply the Iranian national soccer team with equipment.

Mere days before the kickoff of the World Cup, Nike withdrew its supply of boots from the squad, telling ESPN, "Sanctions applicable to Nike have been in place for many years and are enforceable by law." But Nike supplied boots to Iran in 2014, before the Iran deal, while the country was still under heavy sanctions.

Meanwhile, no athletic apparel company would sponsor the team's kits, so the national team bought their own jerseys from Adidas. Because Adidas did not sponsor the team, Iran World Cup soccer jerseys are not available for sale in the company's shop.

I am a soccer-loving, American woman. I am also half-Iranian. With no American team in the World Cup to root for, I would like to support my heritage during the World Cup. But I can't even pay money to the likes of sports behemoths like Adidas or Nike because of made-up excuses about U.S. sanctions.

This isn't about sanctions. It's about bigotry.

Nike and Adidas: you have failed the half-million Iranians and Iranian-Americans who live in the United States and want to support the Iranian national team. Furthermore, you have failed yourselves in not rising above politics and demonstrating unsportsmanlike behavior.

Make your gear available to the Iranian national team, and put their gear online for sale so that customers can literally pay you money for them.

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