Group of prominent Iranian sports figures calls on FIFA to ban Iranian Football Federation from World Cup


A legislation agency has despatched a letter to FIFA on behalf of a bunch of former and present Iranian sports figures urging soccer’s governing physique to droop the Iranian Football Federation (FFIRI) and ban it from collaborating at this yr’s World Cup in Qatar.

“Iran’s brutality and belligerence in direction of its personal folks has reached a tipping level, demanding an unequivocal and agency disassociation from the footballing and sports world,” a press launched issued alongside the letter reads.

“FIFA’s historic abstinence from political quagmires has typically solely been tolerated when these conditions don’t metastasize into the footballing sphere … Football, which must be a secure place for everybody, will not be a secure house for ladies and even males.

“Women have been constantly denied entry to stadiums throughout the nation and systematically excluded from the soccer ecosystem in Iran, which sharply contrasts with FIFA’s values and statutes.”

The letter says the actions of Iran’s soccer federation violate FIFA statues and laws.

CNN has contacted FIFA and the FFIRI for remark.

In September, 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died after she was detained by the nation’s morality police for apparently not sporting her hijab correctly. Iranian authorities have since unleashed a brutal crackdown on demonstrators, who’ve united round a variety of grievances with the nation’s authoritarian regime.

The letter despatched by the Spanish legislation agency Ruiz-Huerta and Crespo is signed by, amongst others, former nationwide workforce members Mehrdad Pooladi and Behshad Yavarzadeh.

The World Cup takes place from Nov. 20 to December 18. Iran faces England in its first match of soccer’s flagship occasion on Nov. 21, adopted by a recreation in opposition to Wales on November 25. The nation can be set to face the United States in its third and last group stage match on November 29.

Correction: This story has been up to date to precisely replicate who signed the letter.


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