Queiroz cancels Iran’s call over alleged government pressure


The Portuguese coach was not present at the media appearance and postponed the announcement of the World Cup list until next Monday

Iran’s national coach Carlos Queiroz on Sunday canceled the announcement of the call-up for the World Cup in Qatar due to alleged government pressure. The former Real Madrid coach and the Portuguese team did not appear before the media and will provide the list this Monday, the last day for the teams to let FIFA know which players will play the planetary event.

According to some Iranian media reports, the reason for the postponement is due to the government’s demands not to summon Sardar Azmoun, Bayer Leverkusen striker and main offensive exponent of the Asian team, who condemned the killing of Mahsa Amini, the young woman who was arrested and tortured by the police for not wearing her hijab correctly.

“I can’t keep quiet about what happened to Mahsa Amini. If the penalty is thrown out of the national team, it’s a small price to pay for a single lock of hair from an Iranian woman,” Azmoun said last September.

Omid Noorafkan, Milad Sarlak, Mohammadrez Akhbari and Saman Fallah would also be questioned by the regime. There will be no doubt about it next Monday and if these players are not called up, the Iranian federation could commit an offense as FIFA prohibits the government from interfering in the coach’s activities.

Source: La Verdad


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