What will happen if England opponents Iran get kicked out of the World Cup?

Majid Hosseini of Iran during the International Friendly between Senegal and Iran at Motion Invest Arena on September 27, 2022 in Maria Enzersdorf, Austria.
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The Qatar World Cup 2022 kicks off on Sunday 20 November, with England facing Group B opponents Iran for their first fixture of the tournament the day afterwards on Monday. 

However, groups are calling for Iran to be kicked out of the World Cup, due to the government's treatment of female fans and, more generally, the behaviour towards Iranian women. High-profile protests are currently happening in the Asian country, with widespread disruption from citizens against laws stating women have to wear their hijabs at all times. 

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