The Ukrainian Football Federation (UAF) wants Iran to be kicked out of the 2022 World Cup, as it will be held in Qatar. The UAF plans to ask Fifa, the international soccer body, to do something about the country’s “chronic violations of human rights.” It is meant to keep Iran from taking part in the tournament.
Qatar World Cup 2022: The Ukraine FA wants Iran’s exclusion from the tournament
The group worries that the country’s actions against protesters “may violate Fifa’s values and practices.” The UAF also says Russia’s military attack on Ukraine is linked to “the likely involvement of Iran.” At a meeting on Monday, the UAF’s executive committee voted unanimously to “suggest to Fifa that the Iranian national team be taken out of the upcoming World Cup.”
It all starts on November 20. This month, Open Stadiums, an Iranian human rights group, and well-known Iranian football players have all asked Fifa to kick the national team out of international competition.
After a woman was killed while in police custody for putting on her hijab “wrong,” protests broke out all over Iran, and security forces are said to have killed 284 people, including 45 children. BBC Sport has tried to get a response from Fifa.