• Some fans shouted and jeered during the anthem and others held up signs saying "Woman, Life, Freedom".
• There has been a fierce crackdown on protests in Iran sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini in September.
Iran declined to sing their national anthem before their World Cup match with England in an apparent expression of support for anti-government protests in their home country.
Some fans shouted and jeered during the anthem and others held up signs saying "Woman, Life, Freedom".
Iran boss Carlos Queiroz had said his players were "free to protest".
There has been a fierce crackdown on protests in Iran sparked by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini in September.
The 22-year-old Amini was detained by morality police for allegedly breaking the strict rules around head coverings.
Human rights activists have said more than 400 protesters have been killed and 16,800 others arrested in a crackdown by Iran's security forces.
Iran's leaders say the protests are "riots" orchestrated by the country's foreign enemies.
Iranian fans could also be heard chanting "Ali Karimi" in the first-half in reference to the former footballer who is one of the most outspoken critics of the Islamic Republic and one of the most popular faces of the protest movement.
The fans could also be heard chanting "Be-Sharaf", which means dishonourable in Persian. This is an adjective that protesters have used against security forces in Iran.
Speaking before the game Iran captain Ehsan Hajsafi said the players "support" those who have died.
Queiroz said his players were "free to protest" over women's rights in their home country as long as it "conforms with the World Cup regulations and is in the spirit of the game".
Iran's players also covered up their national team badge when they played two warm-up internationals in September.
Speaking about the incident at half-time, BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker said: "It was a powerful and very, very significant gesture.
"Football is trying to use its power for good."
England beat Iran 6-2 in the group B game.