Carlos Queiroz has called on Jürgen Klinsmann to resign from his position with Fifa’s technical study group after he called his remarks about the Iran squad a “shame on football”.
After Friday’s 2-0 win over Wales, BBC presenter Gabby Logan spoke of Iran’s ‘sense of the game’ and said they had just stayed on the right side of the law before handing over to Klinsmann. “Yes, it’s their culture,” he said. “Their way of doing it, and that’s why Carlos Queiroz fits very well [with] the Iranian national team.
The former Germany international added: “[Queiroz] struggled in South America, he failed to qualify with Colombia, then he failed with Egypt to qualify, then he returned and guided Iran, with whom he had already worked for a very long time , long time. So it’s not a coincidence, it’s done on purpose.
“It’s part of their culture and their way of playing, and then they work the referee, you’ve seen the bench always jump, work the fourth official and linesman, constantly in their ears, constantly in your face. Kieffer Moore will likely tell you more after the game about little incidents we didn’t see.
Saturday evening, Queiroz came to meet Klinsmann in a series of tweets in which it was clear that the Iranian manager was furious. “No matter how much respect I may have for what you have done on the pitch, these remarks about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football,” he said.
“No one can harm our integrity except at our level, of course. Even saying that, we would like to invite you as a guest, to come to our national team camp, socialize with the Iranian players and learn from them about the country, Iranian people, poets and art, algebra, the whole millennium Persian culture.And also hear from our players how much they love and respect football.
“As [an] American/German, we understand you are not a fan. No problem. And despite your outrageous remarks on the BBC trying to undermine our efforts, our sacrifices and our skills, we promise you that we will not pass judgment on your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome in our family.
Queiroz then questioned Klinsmann’s official role with Fifa. “At the same time, we just want to follow with full attention what the decision of Fifa will be regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 technical study group. Because obviously we expect you to resign before to visit our camp.
Iran’s players have been under huge pressure due to political unrest at home and will face the United States in their final group game on Tuesday, knowing that a victory will ensure qualification for the knockout stage of the World Cup. for the first time in their history.