The United States has been accused of breaking FIFA rules, by Iran’s state-funded media, with calls for the World Cup squad to be kicked out.
While many eyes will be on England against Wales on Tuesday night, the USMNT and Iran still have a chance to qualify for the group stages.
The two sides face off in their final World Cup group matches, with Iran coming off an extremely well-deserved win over Wales.
The United also held England to a very credible draw and were probably the better team against Gareth Southgate’s side, with the England boss heavily criticized for leaving out Phil Foden.
A win for Iran or USA when they play each other would see that team advance to the knockout stages, possibly even topping the group depending on the other scoreline.
However, the Middle Eastern country doesn’t even think this game should take place, calling on FIFA to ban their upcoming opponents through a social media post.
The official USMNT account tweeted an image of Group B’s current position, but did not include the Islamic Republic’s “Allah” emblem and Iranian tricolor “takbirs” in the image.
Iranian state-affiliated media Tasnim News Agency claimed that by removing the emblem from the flag, the United States violated FIFA regulations.
“According to article 13 of the FIFA rules,” the news agency said, “anyone who undermines the dignity or integrity of a country, a person or a group of persons (…) shall be sanctioned with a suspension of at least ten matches or of a specified period, or any other appropriate disciplinary measure.”
That was the caption next to the full wording of Section 13, taken straight from the FIFA rulebook.
After pointing out that breaking the rules could result in a 10-game suspension, they finally confirmed that they would report their next opponents to the World Cup organizers.
“The Iranian Football Federation’s legal counsel said that the sports association will file a complaint against the US soccer team with the FIFA ethics committee after the US men’s national soccer team disrespecting the national flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The legal adviser of the Iranian Football Federation said that the sports association will file a complaint against the American football team with the FIFA ethics committee after the United States men’s national football team has disrespect to the national flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran. https://t.co/z7uOrykk9k
— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) November 27, 2022
Iranian players are playing in Qatar amid civil unrest in the country, with protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini after being arrested for wearing an “inappropriate” hijab.
The players didn’t sing the national anthem ahead of their 6-2 loss to England, and manager Carlos Queiroz wasn’t happy when asked about women’s rights in the country, before tournament.
The United States claimed that the decision not to include Iran’s emblem on the flag was “to support women in Iran who are fighting for basic human rights.”
They also said they would include it in the future when displaying the Iranian flag on any of their charts, although either side could be eliminated when that happens. .
It certainly adds spice to the last group game.