Gianni Infantino

FIFA wants tension between Iran, Saudi Arabia not to affect football

Business Standard– The of on Thursday called for easing of tensions between and and not to let it affect any events.

In a meeting with Iranian Minister Masoud Soltanifar, FIFA’s Gianni Infantino expressed his hope that the problem of holding matches between the two countries in their respective territories would be resolved, reports

The Saudi Arabian Federation in January 2016 prohibited Saudi clubs from playing matches against Iranian teams in Iran, shortly after broke off diplomatic relations with

Soltanifar asked Infantino to deal with this issue in conjunction with the Confederation so that could organise matches without the need to play in a neutral third country.

Infantino said that politics should never intervene in football, nor in politics.

The invited the Iranian Minister and the President, Hassan Rouhani, to attend the opening ceremony of in

The Iranian team, led by Portuguese Carlos Queiroz, was put in Group B of the World Cup, along with Portugal, and Morocco, and is scheduled to debut on June 15 against in