Qatar 2022: Italy drafted?

Many voices have been raised in recent days to demand the exclusion of Iran from the 2022 World Cup. Blame it on the actions of the Iranian regime.

Now four weeks before the start of the World Cup, an increasingly heavy threat hangs over Iran. Consequence in particular of the events which have shaken the country for more than a month. Demonstrations have taken place every day since September 14, 2022 and the death of Mahsa Amini, who died after being detained by the “morality police”, and are often violently suppressed by the authorities.

But other events, this time in Ukraine, are also worth pointing out for Iran. There is indeed perhaps no doubt that drones provided by the Iranian regime have participated in recent bombings of Ukrainian cities, causing several civilian deaths. Iran has also announced the supply of “40 wind turbines” intended to help the gas industry of Russia, hit by Western sanctions due to the invasion of Ukraine. Iran’s “industrial successes” “is not limited to the field of missiles and drones”appointed executive director of the Iranian gas company.

Ukrainians will be killed by Iranian drones and missiles

This massive aid is obviously not bad in Ukraine. So much so that Shakhtar Donetsk demanded the exclusion of Iran from the World Cup in Qatar, where the Iranian selection must face England, the United States and Wales in group B. “Shakhtar calls on FIFA and the entire international community to immediately ban the Iranian national team from playing in the World Cup for the country’s direct participation in the terrorist attacks against Ukrainians”the Ukrainian club said on social media.

“While Iranian leaders are having a good time watching their national team play at the World Cup, Ukrainians will be killed by Iranian drones and missiles. Nearly 250 of these drones have already attacked peaceful towns in Ukrainejustified the general director of Shakhtar Donetsk, Sergei Palkin. Each of them was produced, delivered by the Iranian authorities. Iranian instructors and the military directly trained and managed the drone launches that destroyed homes, museums, universities, offices, sports and playgrounds, and most importantly, killed Ukrainians. »

The United Nations ambassador steps up

Another voice calling for the ousting of Iran was heard at the UN. Paolo Zampolli, United Nations ambassador, has sent a letter to Fifa to disqualify Iran. Once again, the world awaits your action as a leader to disqualify Iran from the World Cup. »he wrote, adding: in the halls of the United Nations and in Washington, there is genuine concern. On September 22, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights analyzed the security forces’ continued violent response to protests in Iran. »

Fifa remains silent on this subject. We cannot tolerate the violence of the government of Tehran against its people, you have the opportunity to improve the situation », he added before asking for the repechage of… Italy as the first nation not qualified for the World Cup in the FIFA rankings, the last European champions emerging in 6th place.

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