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Carlos Queiroz has called on Jürgen Klinsmann to step down from his role in FIFA’s technical study group after calling his comments about the Iranian team “a disgrace to football”.
After Friday’s 2-0 win against Wales, BBC presenter Gabby Logan spoke of Iran’s “playing ability” and said they remained on the right side of the law before handing over to Klinsmann. “Yes, that’s their culture,” she said. “Their way of doing it, and that’s why Carlos Queiroz fits in really well [with] the Iranian national team”.
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The former German international added: “[Queiroz] he struggled in South America, failed to qualify with Colombia and then failed to qualify with Egypt and then went back and led Iran, who he’s worked with already for a long, long time. So this is no accident, this is done on purpose.
“That’s just part of their culture and how they play, then they work the referee, you’ve seen the bench always jump up, work the fourth official and linesman, constantly in their ears, constantly in their faces. Kieffer Moore will probably tell you more after the game about minor incidents we haven’t seen.
Queiroz was prompted to write back to Klinsmann on Saturday evening in a series of tweets in which it was clear that the Iranian manager was furious. “No matter how much I respect what you have done on the pitch, those comments about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football,” he said.
“No one can harm our integrity if they are not on our level, of course. Even saying this, we would like to invite you as our guest, to come to our national team camp, mingle with Iran players and learn from them about the country, people of Iran, poets and art, algebra, all millennials persian culture. And also hear from our players how much they love and respect football.”
“How [an] American/German, we know you are not a supporter. No problem. And despite your outrageous comments to the BBC seeking to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and capabilities, we promise that we will make no judgments about your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome to join our family.
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Queiroz then questioned Klinsmann’s official role with Fifa. At the same time, we just want to follow closely what FIFA’s decision will be regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 technical study group. Because, of course, we expect you to step down before visiting our pitch. »
Iranian players have come under enormous pressure amid the political turmoil at home and will face the United States in their final group match on Tuesday knowing a win will guarantee qualification for the World Cup knockout stage for the first time in their history.