Iran has called on the United States to pull out of the 2022 World Cup after changing the Iranian flag on social media to show support for the protesters.

Iran has called on the United States to pull out of the 2022 World Cup after changing the Iranian flag on social media to show support for the protesters.


Iran State media called for the US to leave the country 2022 World Cup After the United States Soccer Federation changed the Iranian flag on its social media platforms to show support for the protesters in Iran.

On its official Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages, the federation temporarily displayed the national flag of Iran without the coat of arms of the Islamic Republic. The now-defunct graphic of the Group B standings published on Saturday showed the Iranian flag in only green, white and red.

U.S. Soccer told CNN on Sunday that it wanted to change the official flag for 24 hours to “show support for women fighting for basic human rights in Iran,” but always planned to return to the original flag.

The change was “a one-off graphic,” U.S. Soccer told CNN. “We have the main flag on our website and elsewhere.” It is a national emblem now back to the flag on US Soccer’s social media channels.

A State Department spokeswoman told CNN that the sports organization’s decision to change the Iranian flag on its social media accounts to show support for protesters in Iran was not coordinated with US football.

“We expect a peaceful and competitive match on the field. The United States continues to seek ways to support the people of Iran in the face of state-sponsored violence against women and brutal repression of peaceful protesters,” the State Department told CNN.

Iran’s state media reported on Sunday that the United States should be immediately kicked out of the tournament and banned for 10 games for a “distorted image” of the country’s flag.

“The #US soccer team violated @FIFAcom bylaws by posting a distorted image of the flag of #Islamic Republic of Iran on its official account, for which a 10-game suspension is the appropriate punishment,” Iran’s Tasnim reported. The news agency wrote about it on Twitter on Sunday. “#TeamUSA should be kicked out of the #2022 World Cup.”

FIFA did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.

Iran and USA meet in a crucial Group B match on Tuesday. This is a must-win for the USA to advance to the knockout stages.

Iran is in the shadow of internal turmoil in this World Cup. United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said the country is in a “total human rights crisis” due to the government’s crackdown on anti-regime dissidents.

Protests and violence, which analysts have called the most significant since the installation of religious rule following the 1979 Iranian revolution, have rocked Iran in recent months and threatened the nature of the country’s regime, which has ruled for more than 40 years. .

It was caused by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by Iran’s moral police for not observing the country’s conservative dress code. Iranian security forces responded to the attack.

The latest row follows a day of problems ahead of the two teams’ Group B clash at Doha’s Al-Thumama Stadium.

US Soccer’s decision on the same day that former US Men’s National Team (USMNT) head coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he would try to talk to Iran manager Carlos Queiroz “to defuse” after Klinsmann’s comments about Iranian culture were deemed “obscene”. warnings”.

Following Iran’s 2-0 win over Wales on Friday, Klinsmann discussed Queiroz-led Iran’s approach to football during a BBC panel discussion.

“It’s their culture and the way they do it, that’s why Carlos Queiroz, he fits in very well with the Iranian national team,” Klinsmann said. “He wrestled in South America. He failed to qualify with Colombia, then he failed to qualify with Egypt, and then he came back now before the World Cup and took charge of Iran, where he worked for a long time.

“This is no accident. It’s all on purpose. It’s just part of their culture. This is how they play and how they work the referee. You saw the bench always jumping, always working the quarterback, the linesmen and the quarterback on the sidelines, always in their ear. They’re always in your face on the field.”

The 1990 World Cup winner continued: “It’s their culture and they make you lose focus and lose focus and what’s really important to you.”

Queiroz responded to Klinsmann on Saturday series of tweets.

“Even though you don’t know me personally, you question my character with the usual prejudice of privilege,” Queiroz wrote. “As much as I respect what you do on the pitch, these words about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football. Of course, no one can harm our integrity if not of our rank.”

Queiroz added: “As Americans/Germans, we understand your support. No problem. Despite your vitriolic comments at the BBC, which try to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills, we promise that we will not make any judgments about your culture, roots or origins and that you will always be welcome in our family.”

Iran Football Federationin a statement It demanded an apology from Klinsmann and the resignation of FIFA’s Qatar 2022 technical study group. Iran said it had asked FIFA to “immediately comment on this matter”.

CNN reached out to FIFA for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication.

Klinsmann told BBC Breakfast on Sunday: “It was really taken out of context. I call him and try to calm things down. I have never tried Carlos or any Iranian place. Some even thought they were criticizing the referee because he did nothing to make them behave on the bench.

“All I described was their emotional actions, which is kind of shocking. The whole bench lives with the game. They jump up and down and Carlos is a very emotional coach. He always stays on the sidelines and tries to give all his strength and direction to his players.”

The federation invited Klinsmann to visit the Team Melli camp in Doha and “give a lecture on the millennial Persian culture and the values ​​of football and sport”.

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