The Ukrainian Football Federation has asked FIFA to exclude Iran from the World Cup

The Ukrainian Football Federation has asked FIFA to exclude Iran from the World Cup

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s soccer federation asked FIFA on Monday to exclude Iran from next month’s World Cup, accusing it of human rights abuses and arming Russia’s military.

The request comes three weeks before Iran face England in their Group B opener in Qatar. This group also includes America and Wales.

The Executive Committee of the Ukrainian Federation has asked Iran to replace the Ukrainian team that defeated Wales in the European Championship final in June.

Ukraine’s replacement of Iran was the suggestion made last week by the country’s top club, Shakhtar Donetsk, in a similar appeal to FIFA.

FIFA has not commented on Ukraine’s requests and generally does not suspend member federations due to military decisions by national governments.

Both Russia and Iran have rejected the assessment of international intelligence that Ukraine was bombed by Russia’s Iranian-made “Shahid” drones.

FIFA’s legal regulations also commit to “respect all internationally recognized human rights” and seek to promote the protection of these rights.

However, FIFA did not uphold its human rights commitments when it suspended Russian teams from World Cup matches – including international competitions – in the days of the invasion of Ukraine in February. Instead, FIFA identified risks to the security and integrity of its competitions, and the decision was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

FIFA has already resisted calls from Iranian fan groups to suspend the national team amid unrest in the country since mid-September amid national unrest over street protests in support of women’s rights.

Iran’s soccer players, including some members of the national team who are expected to qualify for the World Cup, have shown signs on social media and at games by wearing black armbands and celebrating after scoring a goal. Protests supported.

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