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Iran Requests FIFA to Suspend Israeli Football Federation

Sat 10 Feb 2024 | 09:57 PM
Israa Farhan

The Iranian Football Federation announced on Saturday that it has requested FIFA, the international governing body of football, to suspend the Israeli Football Federation due to the ongoing war in Gaza by Israel.

In a statement published on its official website, the Iranian Federation called upon FIFA and football unions to enforce a "complete suspension" of the Israeli Federation from "all football-related activities."

The request also included "immediate and serious measures" by FIFA and football organizations "to prevent the continuation of Israeli crimes and to provide food, drinking water, medicines, and medical supplies to the innocent civilians."

Iran does not recognize Israel and prohibits any contact between its athletes and their Israeli counterparts. In 2021, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged athletes to "avoid shaking hands with representatives of the Israeli regime to win a medal."

In August last year, Iranian weightlifter Mustafa Rajai was banned for life by Iranian authorities for shaking hands with an Israeli athlete during a competition in Poland.