"Messi, you are made of copper. Even if you were out of gold, you could not do a damn thing against Iran", said one commentator. The remarks sparked a strong reaction by others who expressed support for the Barcelona man, and even apologized for the actions of their compatriots. "As an Iranian, I want to apologize to you. Iranians are not like that at all," said Ali in a post in English. Iran's football federation also expressed regret, as did several Iranian players. Messi was not the only target; Brazilian model Fernanda Lima, a presenter at the draw, also drew a backlash for her attire. Her revealing gold dress and matching heels was deemed inappropriate by the standards of the Islamic republic, where women are obliged by law to cover their hair and most of their body.
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