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Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz has posted a series of tweets directed at Jurgen Klinsmann after the German pundit accused the national side of systematic gamesmanship during their stunning 2-0 stoppage-time win over Wales in the Qatar World Cup.
On broadcast duty for the BBC in their match coverage of the Group B encounter, the former Tottenham striker blasted Iran for allegedly manipulating the referee into giving decisions their way.
"That's their culture and that's their way of doing it and that's why Carlos Queiroz, he fits really well in the Iranian national team," said Klinsmann. "This is not by coincidence, this is all purposely. This is just part of their culture, that's how they play it and they work the referee … constantly in their ears, they're constantly in your face on the field.
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"This is their culture and they kind of make you lose your focus and make you lose your concentration and what's really important to you.
On Saturday evening, Queiroz responded to the accusations directed at his side, furiously calling for Klinsmann to leave his post at FIFA.
“No matter how much I can respect what you did inside the pitch, those remarks about Iran Culture, Iran National Team and my Players are a disgrace to football,” he said.
“Nobody can hurt our integrity if it is not at our level, of course. Even saying so, we would like to invite you as our guest, to come to our national team camp, socialise with Iran players and learn from them about the country, the people of Iran, the poets and art, the algebra, all the millennial Persian culture. And also listen from our players how much they love and respect football.”
“As [an] American/German, we understand you’re no supporter. No problem. And despite your outrageous remarks on BBC trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills, we promise you that we will not produce any judgments regarding your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome to our family.”
“At the same time, we just want to follow with full attention what will be the decision of Fifa regarding your position as a member of Qatar 2022 Technical Study Group. Because, obviously, we expect you to resign before you visit our camp.”
Now Iran have made an official complaint to FIFA about Klinsmann’s comments during the BBC coverage. It read: “IR Iran Football Federation today officially addressed FIFA on the matter of Mr. Jurgen Klinsmann's recent statements. Along with several unfortunate considerations around Iran National Team and staff, Mr Klinsmann made judgments on the Iranian Culture.
“Mr Klinsmann, member of FIFA Technical Study Group, said that in the match between Iran and Wales, Team Melli players and staff ‘worked the referee: 'It is not by coincidence, it is part of their culture, how they play. They worked the referee’, said Mr Klinsmann. Iran Football Federation already asked for FIFA immediate clarification on this matter, demanding Mr Klinsman [sic] apologies and the resignation from his duties as FIFA Technical Study Group member.
“At the same time, Iran National Team invites Mr Klinsmann to visit Team Melli Camp in Doha, for a lecture on the millennial Persian culture and the values of football and sport. Being a german, it is promised that Mr Klinsmann will not be judged for the most shameful episode of the World Cup History, the "Disgrace of Gíjon" 82, when West Germany and Austria fixed a result.
“As a former player, he will not be judged by his famous dramatic dives. And for sure, as a football professional, he will not be judged for any other political or historical matters related to his country. At this visit, it will be suggested to Mr Klinsmann to review the 99 minutes of the last Iran – Wales, even if the match was broadcasted worldwide already, and for many recognised as one of the most fair and beautiful matches of the World Cup History."
Iran sit in second place in Group B, a point behind England. Avoiding defeat in their last match – against the USA – will secure a knockout place.
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