On Sunday, the Iranian Football Federation protested the American football team’s removal of the word of God from the flag of the Islamic Republic on social media before the next match between the two arch-rivals.
In a highly politically charged match, Iran face the United States in their final Group B match on Tuesday, when a win will send them through to the last 16.
Iran has seen more than two months of demonstrations that erupted after the killing in custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mohsa Amini. She was arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.
“In an unprofessional act, the US Soccer Federation’s Instagram page removed the symbol of God from the Iranian flag,” the official IRNA news agency said.
“The Iranian Football Federation has sent an email to the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) requesting that it issue a serious warning to the American Federation,” the statement added.
The flag of the Islamic Republic consists of three horizontal bands of red, white and green with the word “Allah” appearing in stylized script in the middle.
The word was removed from the flag on the American Instagram page and on Twitter.
“It was a one-off graphic to show solidarity with women in Iran,” said a communications official from the NFL, adding that it was not modified on the US Soccer website.
A NFL spokesperson later told reporters that the offending post had been removed and replaced with one displaying the correct flag. “We still support the women of Iran,” the spokesperson added.
Iran’s Tasnim news agency said on Twitter that the US team “violated the FIFA charter, which considers a 10-match suspension to be an appropriate penalty.”
Team USA “should be kicked out” of Globalism Added the cup.
The United States and Iran broke off diplomatic relations in 1980, several months after students took dozens of Americans hostage at the US Embassy in Tehran.
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said on Saturday that negotiation with the United States will not put an end to the “problems” that have rocked the Islamic Republic over the past two months.
When Iran and the United States played in the 1998 World Cup, Iranian players handed their American counterparts white roses, a symbol of peace.
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