Friday, May 17, 2024

Qatar World Cup 2022: FIFA asked to ban Iran from tournament

NF TIMES, Pratap Prusty : Football’s world governing Fifa has been called on to ban Iran from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.A group of Iranian football and sports personalities have sent a formal request to the body asking for it to suspend the Iranian Football Association.
They claim government intervention – by stopping women entering stadia in Iran – contravenes Fifa rules.”Neutrality from Fifa is not an option,” the group said.
It comes amid a violent crackdown by the country’s security forces against widespread anti-government protests.The request also follows a similar call from human rights group Open Stadiums last month.
Women have been consistently denied access to stadia across the country and systematically excluded from the football ecosystem in Iran, which sharply contrasts with Fifa’s values and statutes.
“If women are not allowed into stadia across the country, and the Iranian Football Federation is simply following and enforcing governmental guidelines, they cannot be seen as an independent organisation and free from any form or kind of influence. This is a violation of (Article 19) of Fifa’s statutes.

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