BBC receive complaint from Iran for explosive World Cup comments

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The BBC have received an official complaint from the Iran Football Federation following comments made by Jurgen Klinsmann on their World Cup coverage in Qatar. The pundit has already been called out by Iran manager Carlos Queiroz on social media.

Former Germany and Tottenham forward Klinsmann claimed the Iran players manipulated the referee during Friday’s 2-0 win over Wales. He said that style of play was in their culture and that Queiroz was the right manager to bring that across on the pitch.

But former Manchester United assistant manager Queiroz wrote a scathing message to Klinsmann on his social media accounts on Saturday evening, calling the 58-year-old’s comments a “disgrace to football”. And now the Iran FA have had their say in a lengthy statement to FIFA.

They have called on Klinsmann to resign from his position as a FIFA Technical Study Group member and have invited him to the team’s training camp in Doha once he has done so. The statement in full reads: “Mr Klinsmann, member of FIFA Technical Study Group, said that in the match between Iran and Wales, Team Melli players and staff ‘worked the referee’: ‘It is not by coincidence, it is part of their culture, how they play. They worked the referee’, said Mr Klinsmann.

“Iran Football Federation already asked for FIFA immediate clarification on this matter, demanding Mr Klinsman apologises and resignation of his duties as FIFA Technical Study Group member. At the same time Iran National Team invites Mr Klinsmann to visit Team Melli Camp in Doha, for a lecture on the millennial Persian culture and the values of football and sport.

“Being a German, it is promised that Mr Klinsmann will not be judged for the most shameful episode of the World Cup History, the ‘Disgrace of Gijon’ 82, when West Germany and Austria fixed a result. As a former player, he will not be judged by his famous dramatic dives.

“And for sure, as a football professional, he will not be judged for any other political or historical matters related to his country. At this visit, it will be suggested to Mr Klinsmann to review the 99 minutes of the last Iran – Wales, even if the match was broadcasted worldwide already, and for many recognised as one of the most fair and beautiful matches of the World Cup history.”

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