Jurgen Klinsmann pushed for his resignation from the FIFA panel over “outrageous” comments about Iranian football culture at the World Cup

FIFA has been asked to sack German soccer star Juergen Klinsmann from a World Cup committee after “outrageous remarks” about allegedly unsportsmanlike tactics by Iran.

Klinsmann took aim at Iran and fellow Portuguese Carlos Queiroz during BBC coverage of the team’s win over Wales, claiming it was the “culture” of Iranian players to play dirty and use tricks to tip the referees in their favour turn.

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Queiroz hit back and accused the 1990 world champion of questioning his character with “a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority”.

“No matter how much I respect what you did on the pitch, these comments about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football,” Queiroz wrote on Twitter.

“No one can violate our integrity, if of course it’s not at our level.”

Queiroz called on Klinsmann to resign from FIFA’s technical study group, while the Football Federation of Iran said it had demanded an apology.

She has also asked FIFA for “immediate clarification” on the matter.

Klinsmann’s role, according to the governing body, is to provide “state-of-the-art analysis” of all matches in the tournament “while improving and developing understanding of the game around the world.”

Jurgen Klinsmann has been asked to resign from the FIFA Technical Study Group. Recognition: Maja Hitij – FIFA/Getty Images

His comments came after a BBC presenter asked the 58-year-old about Iran’s “playing skill” against Wales.

“It’s their culture, it’s their way of doing it. And that’s why Carlos Queiroz fits very well into the Iran national team,” said Klinsmann.

“He fought in South America, failed to qualify with Colombia, then he also failed to qualify with Egypt, and then he came back just before the World Cup and led Iran, where he has worked for a long, long time.

“It’s no coincidence. It’s all on purpose – it’s just part of their culture, that’s how they play and referee. You see the bench always pop up and work the linesman and fourth umpire.

“They’re constantly in their ears, they’re constantly in your face on the field.”

“That’s their culture, they kind of make you lose your focus, they make you lose your focus and what’s really important to you.”

Ramin Rezaeian of Iran celebrates his goal against Wales. Recognition: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Klinsmann also suggested the Guatemalan referee allowed Iran to go against the line of right and wrong.

“(It would have made a big difference with another referee,” he said.

“I worked for the USA for six years. They went to Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica. That suits their culture.”

Remarkably, Queiroz and Iran, despite their anger, invited Klinsmann to a training camp – provided he resigns or is released from his FIFA role first.

“We would like to invite you as our guest to come to our national team camp, get in touch with Iranian players and learn from them about the country, the people of Iran, the poets and the arts, the algebra, the whole thousand-year Persian culture learn,” wrote the coach.

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“And also hear from our players how much they love and respect football.

“As Americans/Germans, we understand your lack of support. No problem.

“And despite your outrageous comments about the BBC trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and abilities, we promise that we will not make judgments about your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome in our family.

“At the same time, we would like to follow FIFA’s decision regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 Technical Study Group with full attention.

“Because of course we expect you to quit before visiting our warehouse.”

Iranian football officials also took a gloomy view of Klinsmann’s story in their offer.

“As a German, it is promised that Mr. Klinsmann will not be sentenced for the most shameful episode in World Cup history, the ‘Shame of Gijon’ 82, when West Germany and Austria scored a result,” the association said.

“As a former player, he won’t be judged on his famously dramatic leaps.”

– with AP

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