Morocco v Iran: World Cup 2018 – live!

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The teams are in the tunnel at the St Petersburg Stadium and click-clack their way out on to the pitch for a match that is pretty must-win for both sides, even if it is the first game of Group B. Kick-off is just a few minutes away, but first: the National anthems.

ITV are showing this one in the UK: With 13 minutes to go until kick-off between Morocco and Iran, they’re focussing exclusively on … England and telling viewers nothing whatsoever about either of the teams playing in the match they’re actually covering. It’s understandable, I suppose, if a little disappointing. Oh … hold on, they’re now discussing the two managers involved in this encounter – specifically their English links.

It is, of course, possible that none of their pundits –Slaven Bilic, Eni Aluko and Ryan Giggs – know anything about Morocco or Iran and if that is the case, you’d have to wonder what exactly it is they’re doing in the studio? It should be noted that BBC were equally guilty of this anglo-centric focus in today’s earlier game between Uruguay and Egypt.

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Written by Barry Glendenning
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/jun/15/morocco-v-iran-world-cup-2018-live under the title “Morocco v Iran: World Cup 2018 – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.