Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin suggested FIFA should seriously consider eliminating Iran and awarding Ukraine a ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals.
The reason why FIFA should exclude Iran from the World Cup 2022?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 final round will open at the end of November, but there are many waves of protests against Iran’s participation in this tournament. The reason comes from politics because Iran is one of the countries that strongly support Russia in the military war in Ukraine.
Accompanying this is the recent fact that a group of individuals in Iranian football and sports have submitted an official application to the world football governing body asking to ban the national team from participating in the 2022 World Cup because of interference. Government intervention by preventing women from entering stadiums in the Muslim country is against FIFA regulations.
Azmoun, Iran’s No. 1 striker, even affirmed that he would accept the price of being eliminated from the World Cup to protect “my women”. With the current tense situation, the risk of Iran losing many stars when leaving for Qatar is quite clear.
The ticket to the World Cup does not belong to Iran, which team will it belong to?
Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin sent a message to FIFA calling for Iran to be banned from the 2022 World Cup. Instead, Shakhtar Donetsk’s leader suggested that this place should be given to the Ukraine team.
“Shakhtar Donetsk calls on FIFA and the international community to immediately ban the Iranian team from participating in the 2022 World Cup because the country is directly involved in terrorist attacks against the people of Ukraine.
This slot should be reserved for the Ukraine team. Ukraine faced many disadvantages in the play-off round but fought with all its heart. This decision makes sense both historically and sportingly,” said Shakhtar Donetsk CEO Sergei Palkin.
Iran is one of the six representatives of Asia who have won tickets to the FIFA Competitions 2022 final round. Carlos Queiroz’s teachers and students in this tournament are in Group B with England, the US, and Wales. Meanwhile, Ukraine failed to qualify. They lost to Wales in the European play-off final.
Paolo Zampolli, Italy’s ambassador to the United Nations, has just sent a letter to the FIFA president to confirm that “there are grounds to ban the Iranian team from participating in the 2022 World Cup”.
At the end of the letter, Paolo Zampolli did not forget to suggest that if Iran was removed, FIFA should send Italy to Qatar instead. “On the world rankings, Italy is the name with the highest ranking among the teams that did not participate in the World Cup,” Zampolli explained.
Previously, FIFA had supported UEFA to ban the Russian team from participating in the 2022 World Cup play-off round as well as not allowing this country’s sports to appear in different tournaments.
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