A huge row between Iran, their coach Carlos Queiroz, and Jurgen Klinsmann has developed at the World Cup in Qatar.
And the nation has demanded the German, who won the tournament in 1990, resign from the FIFA technical study group at the tournament for his comments about their win over Wales.
Klinsmann is working for the BBC and the FIFA technical study group in QatarGetty
Queiroz and Iran are furious with his comments, thoughGetty
Klinsmann told the BBC after their 2-0 win earlier this week: “Carlos fits really well with the national team and their culture, he failed in South America with Colombia and then failed to qualify with Egypt, and he came in right before the World Cup with Iran, where he worked for a long time.
“It is not by coincidence, it is part of their culture, how they play.
“They worked the referee. They work the linesman and fourth official, they are constantly in their ear. There were a lot of incidents we didn’t see. This is their culture, they take you off your game.”
But the insinuation they manipulated the officials has enraged their manager and their football association.
On Saturday night, Queiroz posted his retort on Twitter: “Even not knowing me personally, you question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority.
“No matter how much I can respect what you did inside the pitch, those remarks about Iran culture, Iran national team and my players are a disgrace to football.”
Iran certainly deserved their victory over Wales on the balance of play and celebrated in styleGetty
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And while he invited Klinsmann to meet the players and learn about the nation and its culture, the ex-Manchester United assistant added: “At the same time, we just want to follow with full attention what will be the decision of Fifa regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 technical study group. Because, obviously, we expect you to resign before you visit our camp.”
Going further than their manager, Iran’s FA brought up several moments in Germany’s football history, including Klinsmann’s infamous diving.
Meanwhile, they also alluded to the European nation’s politicial history, clearly referencing their part in World War I and World War II.
A statement read: “IR Iran Football Federation today officialy adressed FIFA on the matter of Mr. Jurgen Klinsmann recent statements.
Iran’s incredible win delighted much of the world – but Klinsmann’s reaction has caused controversyGETTY
“Along with several unfortunate considerations around the Iran National Team and staff, Mr Klinsmann made judgements on the Iranian culture.
“Mr Klinsmann, a 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 apologies [sic] and resignation of his duties as FIFA Technical Study Group member.
“At the same time the 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 Gíjon” 82, when West Germany and Austria fixed a result.
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“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.”
Klinsmann offered his own response this morning, saying: “There was stuff really taken out of context. I will try to give him a call and calm things down.
“I have never criticised Carlos or the Iranian bench. Some even thought I was criticising the referee because he didn’t do anything about the way they were behaving on the bench.
“All I described was their emotional way of doing things, which is actually admirable in a certain way. The whole bench lives the game. They’re jumping up and down and Carlos is a very emotional coach, he’s constantly on the sidelines trying to give his players all his energy and direction.”
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