The Iranian Football Federation has complained to FIFA about the statements of German Jurgen Klinsmann that he finds harmful to football in his country and demanded that he apologize to him and resign from the World Organization’s Qatar 2022 Technical Working Group membership.
The Asian country’s federation explains that apart from “a few unfortunate assessments of the Iranian national team and squad”, it officially applied to FIFA because it understood the former player and former German coach was “making judgments about Iranian culture”.
“In the Iran-Wales match, Melli said his team’s players and staff ‘made the referee work: It’s not by chance, it’s part of their culture, their style of play. They coached the referee'”, recalls the Iranian Federation.
This prompted FIFA to “make an urgent statement on this matter, demanding that Mr Klinsmann apologize and resign as a member of FIFA’s Technical Working Group”.
It’s part of their culture, that’s how they play and they work with the referee… it’s always glued to their ears.”
In particular, the German football player said: “This is not a coincidence, it is done on purpose. It is part of their culture, that’s how they play and they work with the referee…ears are always in front of you on the pitch. It’s their culture and it makes you lose your focus and concentration.”
Also in the published statement, “The Iranian national team invites Mr. Klinsmann to visit the Melli team concentration in Doha, to learn about the millennial Persian culture and the values of football and sport.”
The Iranian Federation states that despite being German, Klinsmann “will not be prosecuted for the ‘Gijón Disgrace’ of 1982, the most embarrassing episode in World Cup history, when the Federal Republic of Germany and Austria determined an outcome”.
“As a former player he will not be judged by his famous ‘swimming pools’. And of course as a professional footballer he will not be judged on any other political or historical issues relating to his country. On this visit, thanks to Mr. Klinsmann, the worldwide broadcast of the match and, for many, the fairest and most rewarding events in World Cup history. Although she is recognized as one of the most beautiful, she suggested that she review the 99 minutes of the last Iran-Wales match.” Iranian Federation added.
Iran’s own coach, Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, posted a series of messages on Klinsmann on his official social media account, accusing him of questioning his character with “a typical preconceived superiority judgment” without knowing him personally.
Klinsman said Queiroz’s record with other national teams makes him the perfect match for Iran. “It’s their culture and the way they work, and that’s why Queiroz fits so well with the Iranian team,” said the former USA coach.
“As much as I respect what you’re doing on the pitch (Quiroz replies), these comments about Iranian culture, Iranian team and my players are an embarrassment for football. No one can break our integrity if they’re not on our side. Stating that they want to invite Klinsmann to the Iranian concentration, the Portuguese coach said, “Iranian He wants to socialize with the players and learn from them about the country, Iranian people, poets and Iranians. Art, algebra, all the ancient arts, Iranian culture, and also hearing from our players how much they love and respect football.”
These comments about Iranian culture, Iranian team and my players are an embarrassment for football.”
“As an American/German we understand your lack of support. That’s okay. Despite your nasty comments trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills for the BBC, we promise not to make any judgments about your culture, roots and backgrounds. You will always be welcome in our family,” he said. .
Queiroz added that they want to “closely monitor what will be FIFA’s decision regarding their position as a member of the Qatar 2022 Technical Working Group”. “Because frankly, we expect you to resign before visiting our camp,” he adds.
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