Queiroz calls on Klinsmann to resign from FIFA over ‘outrageous’ comments on Iran

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Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has lashed out at Germany’s Jürgen Klinsmann for criticizing his team’s conduct at the World Cup, calling his comments “shameful for football” and urging him to step down from his FIFA post.

In his comments as a BBC analyst, 1990 World Cup winner Klinsmann accused Iran of systematically pressuring the referee during their 2-0 win against Wales on Friday and said Queiroz’s record with other teams made him the right person for the Persian side.

“That’s their culture and that’s their way of doing things and that’s why Carlos Queiroz fits very well into the Iranian national team,” Klinsmann said.

“This isn’t by chance, it’s all on purpose. This is just part of their culture, that’s how the referee plays and works (…) constantly talking to him and close to him on the pitch (…) This is their culture and they make you lose focus and what’s really important to you.”

Iran will play the United States on Tuesday in a decisive Group B match, in which it will look to reach the knockout stages of the World Cup for the first time in its history.

Queiroz, 69, who is in his second spell as Iran coach, said no one could damage the integrity of his team.

“You question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority,” the coach said in a message to Klinsmann on social media, in remarks shared by Iran.

“As much as I can respect what he did on the pitch, those comments about Iranian culture, the Iran national team and my players are an embarrassment for football,” added the former Real Madrid and Portugal coach.

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Queiroz said Klinsmann, as a member of a FIFA Technical Studies Task Force, would still be welcome to visit Iran’s rally, socialize with the team and learn about Persian culture and how much its players love and respect football.

“Despite his outrageous comments on the BBC trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and capabilities, we promise him that we will not produce any judgment regarding his culture, roots and background, and that he will always be welcome to our family,” Queiroz said.

“At the same time, we want to follow closely what FIFA’s decision will be regarding his role. Obviously, we hope he will resign before visiting us.”

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