It may seem strange, but it is the Iranians themselves who are demanding that their country be excluded from the 2022 World Cup, due to its non-compliance with many of the rules of the international organization!
What is the reason for requesting the exclusion of Iran?
The human rights group, “Open Stadiums”, called for the Iranian national team to be banned from participating in the 2022 World Cup, which will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18.
The group sent a letter to the Swiss president, Gianni Infantino, FIFA, requesting that Iran not be allowed to participate in the World Cup, due to some human rights and non-discrimination laws.
Open Stadiums demanded, during its speech, the freedom of women’s entry to stadiums in Iran, which was not achieved despite the pressures of the International Federation “FIFA
Iran is witnessing cases of security disturbances, due to protests due to the death of a 22-year-old girl named Mahsa Amini, after she was detained by the morality police, for wearing indecent clothes during the month of September.
The rights group stated in its statement: “Why does FIFA give Iran and its representatives an opportunity to appear on the world stage, when Tehran refuses to respect the basics of human rights and dignity, and even tortures and kills its own people?”
A number of Iranian national team players have announced their support for these protests over the past few days through social media.
Iran is not the only team threatened with exclusion
The Chilean Football Association has asked FIFA to expel Ecuador from the World Cup, due to fraud in the personal papers of Ecuadorian right-back Byron Castillo.
The Chilean federation has submitted official documents proving that Castillo was born in Colombia, not Ecuador, as stated in his official papers, which is a forgery of papers.
But FIFA rejected the Chilean federation’s objection, after it was established that the player had permanent Ecuadorean citizenship, in accordance with Article V of the regulations governing the application of the statute.
And the Senegalese team was protesting against it by the Egyptian Football Association, due to the riots that took place in the second leg of the final qualifiers for the World Cup Qatar 2022, but financial sanctions were imposed on Senegal only.
The Algerian Football Federation also requested the replay of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers match against Cameroon, due to refereeing errors in that match, which was also rejected.