FIFA bans Iran from playing friendly game against Zimbabwe

Tehran, Nov 5, IRNA – FIFA has announced that Iran national football team cannot play a friendly against Zimbabwe on Nov.12, an official with Iran Football Federation Omid Jamali said Wednesday.
Based on FIFA rules, the teams have to rest at least three days between any two games in two different continents and duration of their flights have to be no more than five hours, Jamali said.

“After preliminary talks for a friendly game between Iran and Zimbabwe, we sent the required forms to FIFA, seeking their permission when we were told that Zimbabwe had earlier registered another friendly game in Morocco with the country’s national team.”

Jamali said that Zimbabwe’s game against Morocco is scheduled for Nov. 16 and based on FIFA rules it cannot play another friendly against Iran on Nov. 12.



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