The Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, Iran’s football coach, pointed out, this Thursday, that journalists have every right to ask about the political situation in the country, but that they do not ask this type of question to other countries.
“The press has the right to ask. For us there is no problem, but it is important that if we respect you, you respect us. There is no harm in the press asking whatever it wants, we are free to answer or not. What’s strange is that they don’t ask these same questions of other troubled countries as well. I don’t think it’s fair to just ask them [aos jogadores iranianos]said the Portuguese coach.
Carlos Queiroz addressed the subject, at a time of great tension and social protest in Iran, still following the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish girl, who died three days after being detained by the police for allegedly having broken the code of clothing.
In the game of the first round of Group B, in which Iran was thrashed by England (6-2), the Iranian players did not sing the anthem, in what is admittedly a sign of protest in relation to the climate in which they live. in the country.
The NGO Iran Human Rights, based in Norway, estimates that there have already been at least 416 deaths, including 51 children, in the course of the authorities’ violent repression of the protests that have spread across the country.
In anticipation of the second round, in which Iran will face Wales on Friday, Queiroz says that the selection has a “suitable rival” that it can finally enjoy in this World Cup.
“It’s an opportunity to enjoy football. They have Bale, they are a fantastic team, with very supportive supporters. There couldn’t be a better environment to enjoy the game. We have a lot of desire, the players are relaxed and tomorrow [sexta-feira] we have the ideal opponent”, said the Portuguese coach.
Queiroz admitted that they learned a lot from the defeat against England and that the big teams know how to recover from those results, remembering, however, that Iran conceded more goals in a game than in three years.
Also at the conference was striker Mehdi Taremi, a FC Porto player and scorer of the two Iranian goals in the first game.
“With all due respect, I would like to say something: what you say here will have no effect. Some will understand or not. What I can do is play football, I don’t want to talk about political problems. We are not under any pressure, we are here to play football”, defended Taremi.
The blue and white striker acknowledged that the first game “was not football” given all the external circumstances, related to the problems that exist in his country, in terms of human rights violations.
“The first game was not football, for everything that surrounded it. Our World Cup starts now. We have to get those six points and make our people happy”, added Taremi.
The game between Wales and Iran is scheduled for Friday, at 13:00 local time (10:00 am Lisbon), at a time when the Iranians have zero points, the Welsh have one, on par with the United States, and England three.