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Jurgen Klinsmann has said he wants to speak to Carlos Queiroz to ‘calm things down’ after the Iran coach said the German’s criticism of his team was a ‘shame on football’.
Queiroz tweeted that the remarks “undermine our efforts, our sacrifices and our skills” and invited him to their side.
He also called on him to resign from the FIFA World Cup technical study group.
Responding on Sunday morning, Klinsmann – a World Cup winner with Germany in 1990 – told BBC Breakfast: “There was some stuff really taken out of context. I’ll try to call him and calm things down.
“I never criticized Carlos or the Iranian bench. Some even thought I was criticizing the referee because he didn’t do anything against the way they behaved on the bench.
“All I’ve described is their emotional way of doing things, which is actually admirable in a way. The whole bench is living the game. They’re jumping up and down and Carlos is a coach. very emotional, he is constantly on the sidelines trying to give his players all his energy and direction.”
What had Klinsmann said?
Speaking on the BBC after Friday’s 2-0 win over Wales, former striker Klinsmann said: “Carlos is fitting in very well with the national team and its culture, he failed in South America. South with Colombia, then failed to qualify with Egypt, and he arrived just before the World Cup with Iran, where he worked for a long time.
“It’s not by chance, it’s part of their culture, their way of playing.
“They worked the referee. They work the linesman and the fourth referee, they are constantly on their ears. There have been a lot of incidents that we have not seen. It is their culture, they you come out of your game.”
How did Queiroz respond?
In a series of tweets on Saturday evening, Queiroz wrote, “Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with typical judgment of superiority.
“No matter how much I may respect what you have done on the pitch, these remarks about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football.”
He invited Klinsmann to the team camp to meet the players and learn more about the country and its culture and “listen to our players how much they love and respect football”.
The former Manchester United assistant added: “At the same time, we just want to follow with full attention what will be the decision of Fifa regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 technical study group. Because obviously , we expect you to resign before visiting our camp.”
The Technical Study Group is led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and provides World Cup analysis to see how the game is progressing.
Iran lost their opener 6-2 to England before beating Wales and facing the United States in their final group game on Tuesday.
They are playing the tournament against the backdrop of anti-government protests at home.
Iranian players sang their national anthem ahead of Friday’s World Cup match against Wales after not making it ahead of their opener against England.
Earlier in the tournament, Queiroz criticized the Iranian fans for not supporting the team in their 6-2 defeat against England.
He also confronted a BBC reporter at a press conference ahead of the Wales game, asking why England manager Gareth Southgate didn’t face the same level of questioning on political issues as he did.
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