Another user said Iranian players should have pre-empted Nike by announcing they would no longer wear Nike boots. “There was a time our sportsmen were symbols of national pride. They have now become symbols of humiliation,” he said.
However, some Iranians say as a private US company, Nike had no other choice.
“Nike is a private company and its only objective is to satisfy its shareholders. It is normal that it is withdrawing its supply of boots to Iran for fear of economic penalties,” tweeted one user.
“Nike is not a member of Fifa and does not have to follow its regulations. This is the impact of politics on trade rather than political interference in sport,” said another.
This is not the only inconvenience hampering Iran’s World Cup preparations.
Iran’s football federation suspended relations with its Greek counterpart last month after a friendly between the two was cancelled amid tensions between Greece and Turkey.
A second warm-up against Kosovo was also cancelled.