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Qatar 2022: Iran should be barred from World Cup, says Blatter 

“It is incomprehensible that FIFA President Gianni Infantino has not taken a clear position on Iran,” the 86-year-old ex-FIFA president said.

• November 11, 2022

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter thinks Iran should be barred from the World Cup amid widespread protests.

The protests were sparked by the death of a woman in the custody of the morality police.

“Iran should be excluded from the World Cup,” Mr Blatter said on Friday.

The Swiss demanded that harsh consequences should fall on Iran, and he would have removed the country’s team from competition had he still been in charge.

The protests in Iran pose one of the boldest challenges to Iran’s clerical rulers since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iran has accused foreign enemies of fomenting the unrest raging since the death of Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in September.

She had died after her arrest for flouting Iran’s strict dress code imposed on women.

“It is incomprehensible that FIFA President Gianni Infantino has not taken a clear position on Iran,” the 86-year-old ex-FIFA president said.

Earlier this week, Mr Blatter stated that it was a mistake to award Qatar the hosting rights to the World Cup.

The Qatar World Cup begins on November 20 and will end on December 18.

(Reuters/NAN)

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