'Disgrace of football' comment from Klinsmann to Iran

‘Disgrace of football’ comment from Klinsmann to Iran

Iranian coach Carlos Queiroz has urged Jurgen Klinsmann to step down from his role in FIFA’s Technical Working Group, describing his criticism of the Iranian team’s culture as «an embarrassment for football».

Former Germany player and coach Klinsmann has accused Queiroz and his team of playing games while appearing as an analyst on the BBC following the World Cup, where Iran beat Wales 2-0 on Friday.

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«It’s their culture and that’s why Carlos Queiroz fits so well with the Iranian national team,» said Klinsmann.

«He struggled in South America — failed to qualify in Colombia and failed in Egypt. Then he came back just before the World Cup to guide Iran, where he had already worked for a very long time.

«It’s not a coincidence, it’s done on purpose. It’s part of their culture, that’s how they play. They make the referee work, always in their ears, always in their face.»

Queiroz, whose Iranian team will face the USA in a decisive final round group stage match on Tuesday, had a strong response on social media on Saturday.

«You took the initiative to call me Carlos, so I believe it’s appropriate to call you Jurgen. Right?» wrote on Twitter.

«Even if you don’t know me personally, you question my character with a typical preconceived superiority judgment. As much as I respect what you do on the field, these words about Iranian Culture, Iran National Team and My Players are a disgrace to Football.» «

Klinsmann is one of seven led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Selected by FIFA «providing cutting-edge analysis of all FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 matches while enhancing and improving understanding of the game worldwide.»

However, Queiroz insisted that Klinsmann resign from his post.

«Of course, no one who is not at our level can break our integrity. Even if we say so, we would like to invite you to our National Team Camp as our guests, socialize with Iranian players and learn about the Country from them. Iranian people, poets and art, algebra, millennial Persian culture,» he said.

“Also, hear from our players how much they love and respect Football.

«As American/German we understand your lack of support. It’s okay. Despite your outrageous remarks that the BBC is trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills, we promise not to make any judgments about your culture, roots and backgrounds. You will always be welcome in our family.

«At the same time, we would like to closely follow FIFA’s decision regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 Technical Working Group. Because frankly, we expect you to resign before visiting our camp.»

Klinsmann, who coached the US men’s national team for six years and led them to the 2014 World Cup, responded to Queiroz’s comments on Sunday.

«There was something really out of context. I’m going to call him and try to calm things down,» Klinsmann said. told the BBC. “I have never criticized Carlos or the Iranian bench.

Some even thought I was criticizing the referee for doing nothing about his behavior on the bench.

«All I’ve been talking about is the way they do things emotionally, which is actually admirable in a way. The whole bench game lives on. They’re bouncing up and down and Carlos is a very emotional coach. Give all of his energy and direction to his players.»

The Iranian football federation said on Sunday it sought clarification from FIFA and demanded that Klinsmann apologize and resign from his role in the FIFA Technical Working Group.

He also invited Klinsmann to visit the Iranian team’s World Cup camp «for a conference on millennial Iranian culture and the values ​​of football and sport».

«As a former player, he will not be prosecuted for his famous dramatic dives. And of course, as a football professional, he will not be prosecuted for any other political or historical issue related to his country.» reporters.

The federation said Klinsmann should once again watch Iran’s match against Wales, which many consider «one of the fairest and most beautiful matches».

Information from Reuters is included in this report.

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