The political conflict between the two states USA and Iran has always ignited a spark. Hence, when it comes to the FIFA World Cup, both of these teams are in the same group. Which eventually means ‘sport-rivalry’.
The USA and Iran match will be one of the hyped matches because of their political history. However, Iran’s media has demanded FIFA remove the USA Football Team from the FIFA World Cup 2022. The USA posted an altered image of the Iranian flag to show support for women’s rights in Iran.
The USMNT account shared a photo of the team that only featured the Iranian flag with its red, white, and green colors, excluding any other representations of the Islamic Republic.
Tasnim News Agency, a state-run media outlet in Iran, noted that this allegedly violated FIFA rules. It was a one-time display, according to the USMNT, and it will restore the symbol going forward. The USMNT claims the gesture was made to “show support for the women in Iran fighting for basic human rights.”
The state media outlet in Iran has highlighted how the US soccer federation has breached FIFA regulations. They quoted “According to section 13 of #FIFA rules, any person who offends the dignity or integrity of a country, a person or group of people … shall be sanctioned with a suspension lasting at least ten matches or a specific period, or any other appropriate disciplinary measure.”