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AFC warns Iran of government disturbances in football



The Asian Football Association has warned Iran that they could face sanctions before January's Asian Cup over the government's involvement in their national football federations.

AFP

Updated:November 14, 2018, 11:07 AM

AFC warns Iran of government disturbances in football
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The Asian Football Association has warned Iran that they could face sanctions before January's Asian Cup over the government's involvement in their national football federations.

It follows that the Iranian parliament is undergoing a law that excludes the employment of retirees in state or public institutions using state funds or facilities.

Local media reported that the law concerned the current president of the Iranian Football Association (FFIRI) Mahdi Taj and a number of other board members.
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AFC said in a statement issued late Tuesday that they "carefully monitored the current issues" and that FFIRI stressed that it was a non-governmental organization.
"All affiliates must fulfill their duties without any third party involvement, either from government or parliament," said the statement.

"AFC has a zero tolerance policy against potential third party interferences in its affiliates and hopes that FFIRI with less than two months to the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 can maintain its independence and avoid sanctions."

Football Association FIFA interrupted Iran in November 2006 from participation in international football due to government involvement in the football federation. The ban is lifted after less than a month.

| Edited by: Hardik Worah


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