US reacts to Football Federation anti-Iran measure

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) – A spokesperson for the State Department told media outlets it did not coordinate with US Soccer in the sporting body’s decision to change Iran’s flag on its social media accounts.

“We look forward to a peaceful and competitive match on the field," the State Department told CNN.

The American diplomat claimed that the United States continues to find ways to support the Iranian people in the face of the alleged violence.

The US men’s football team displayed Iran’s national flag on social media without the emblem of the Islamic Republic ahead of the two nations' World Cup match on Tuesday, saying it supports "protesters" in Iran.

The Twitter account of the US men’s team displayed a banner with the squad’s matches in the group stage, with the Iranian flag only bearing its green, white and red colors. The same could be seen in a post on its Facebook and Instagram accounts laying out the point totals so far in its group.

According to FIFA regulations, the US soccer team has to be punished with a suspension lasting at least ten matches for violating Iran’s national and religious identity.

Following this action, the Iranian Football Federation has sent an email to FIFA, demanding that it should take serious action against the American Football Federation.

The Iranian Football Federation legal advisor, Safiollah Faghanpour, has declared that within the international convention, respecting a country’s flag is a pattern and all countries should obey that. That’s why the action regarding Iran’s flag is a violation of international and ethical rules, he said, adding that certainly, the Iranian Football Federation will pursue the issue through FIFA Ethics Committee and the Americans should be responsive.

Iran will play the US on Tuesday in its final Group B match. Currently standing second behind England on the points table, Iran will hope to win and advance to the last 16.

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