The Iran’s Football Federation urged FIFA this Saturday to suspend Israel of all activities related to the beautiful game for “war crimes in Gaza and the massacre of innocent civilians, including players, coaches and referees.”
“The Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran makes a strong request to the FIFA (…) take immediate and serious measures to prevent the continuation of these horrible crimes,” the sports organization said in a statement.
He urged measures to provide food, water and medicine to innocent civilians in Gaza.
“Without a doubt, immediate action by FIFA, football associations and member unions will be a symbol of philanthropy and the implementation of the charter of the global football community in the field of social and human responsibilities,” stated the Iranian organization.
More of 28,000 people have died in Gaza in Israeli attacks in retaliation for the October 7 attacks by the Palestinian group Hamas in which 1,200 people were murdered.
Iran, which is considered Israel’s main enemy, has repeatedly condemned Israeli aggression against the Palestinians, expressing its support for Resistance groups.
Tehran leads the so-called Axis of Resistance, an informal alliance formed by militant organizations such as the Hamas movement, its armed wing Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah and Yemen’s Houthi rebels, among others.
Besides, The Islamic Republic of Iran does not recognize Israel as a State and has not allowed its athletes to compete with Israelis since then.
Even in August 2023, Iranian authorities banned for life a weightlifter from the Persian country who “crossed all the red lines of the Islamic Republic” for shaking hands with an Israeli opponent in a competition in Poland.