The Iranian Football Federation denounces an “unprofessional act” as the American football body uses a modified flag in social media posts.
Iran’s football federation says it has filed a complaint with FIFA over the removal of the word “Allah” from the Islamic Republic’s flag on social media by its American counterpart, ahead of an upcoming World Cup match between the two countries .
“In an unprofessional act, the US Soccer Federation’s Instagram page removed the symbol of Allah from the Iranian flag,” state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.
“The Iranian Football Federation has sent an email to FIFA asking them to send a serious warning to the American federation,” he added.
There was no immediate public response from world soccer’s governing body to the reported complaint, which came as the United States prepare to face Iran in a decisive FIFA World Cup match. world on Tuesday – a game already weighed down by decades of enmity between the countries.
The United States and Iran severed diplomatic relations in 1980.
Demonstration of “support” for the demonstrations in Iran
The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) said in a statement on Sunday morning that it had decided to relinquish the official flag on social media accounts in a show of solidarity with “women in Iran fighting for basic human rights “following death. of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini in police custody.
The flag of the Islamic Republic consists of three horizontal bands of red, white and green with the word “Allah” appearing in stylized script in the middle.
The USA men’s team’s Twitter account displayed a banner with the team’s group stage matches, with the Iranian flag sporting only its green, white and red colors. The same was seen in a post on his Facebook and Instagram accounts outlining the total points so far in his group.
By Sunday afternoon, the normal flag with the emblem had been restored to the Twitter banner, and Facebook and Instagram posts with the modified flag had been removed.
“We wanted to show our support for women in Iran with our graphic for 24 hours,” the federation said.
The UN says more than 300 people were killed amid a crackdown on protests that erupted over Amini’s death in September, and some 14,000 people were arrested, including children. Iran has accused the United States and other foreign states of fomenting the protests, without providing evidence.
A long-awaited revenge
Iran’s Tasnim news agency said on Twitter that the US team had “violated the FIFA charter, for which a 10-game suspension is the appropriate sanction”.
The American team “should be expelled” from the World Cup, he added.
By displaying a distorted image of the flag of the Islamic Republic of #Iran on his official account, #WE the football team violated the @FIFAcom charter, for which a 10-game suspension is the appropriate sanction.
Crew #UNITED STATES should be expelled from #WorldCup2022 pic.twitter.com/c8I4i4z3Tv
— Tasnim News Agency (@Tasnimnews_EN) November 27, 2022
FIFA is not expected to take such action.
Meanwhile, both nations’ prospects on the pitch at the World Cup remain thinly posed.
Iran’s dramatic 2-0 victory over Wales and the USA team’s tense stalemate against England on Friday set up a tantalizing final round of Group B fixtures.
England, top with four points, will face Wales at the bottom, meaning the Iran-USA contest will decide which team advances to the knockout stages.
The highly anticipated encounter is a rematch of the 1998 World Cup group stage, dubbed the “mother of all games”, which Iran won 2-1. In a symbolic moment before this match at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, the Iranian players offered white roses, a symbol of peace in the country, to their American opponents.