Two players on Iran’s national soccer team were banned for life from playing for their country on Thursday, after they participated in a match with their club team in Greece against an Israeli team, an Iranian governmental official said.
The Iranian government does not recognize the state of Israel and has no official ties with the country. A longstanding rule by the country’s Islamic government prohibits Iranian athletes from competing against Israeli athletes in any contest or tournament, including the Olympics.
FIFA has rules that forbid political interference in countries’ national teams. There was no immediate reaction from FIFA on the decision by Iran to ban the players.
Please FIFA and Iran…do the right thing and have this ban overturned. I truly feel for these players! I’m sure all they want to do is play football for their country in the most important event in football which is the World Cup in Russia.