The Iranian Football Federation protested Sunday against the American Federation which removed the emblem of the Iranian flag representing the word Allah in publications on social networks, before the meeting of the World-2022 Tuesday between the two teams.
The United States and Iran will play their qualifier on Tuesday in a highly political duel, as the Iranians are second in Group B, one point ahead of the Americans and one point behind England.
« The Iranian Football Federation has sent an email to Fifa (the International Federation, editor’s note) to demand that it send a serious warning to the American Federation », indicated the official agency Irna.
« In an unprofessional act, the American Football Federation removed the emblem representing Allah from the Iranian flag » in publications on social networks, announced the official agency Irna.
The flag of the Islamic Republic of Iran is composed of three colors green, white and red, with in the center a calligraphic sign representing the word Allah.
A US Federation communications officer said it was a “one-time gesture to show our solidarity with women in Iran.” « The flag has never been changed on the official website of the federation, » he added.
Later in the day, a spokesperson for the American Federation said the controversial social media posts had been deleted. But « we continue to support women’s rights in Iran, » he said.