Federation waiting for decree on Saudi Arabia-Iran football

IRNA – Iranian football federation’s senior adviser said that football federation is seriously pursuing the right of Iranian teams to take part in international competitions.

Hamid Reza Asefi noted that Iranian teams’ competitions at international competitions have always been one of the priorities of the football federation that has been pursued and is not really a matter for the federation to ignore for a moment.’

Referring to the federation’s efforts to change the Persepolis and al-Duhail of Qatar match, he pointed out, ‘Fortunately, a good result was achieved that, by changing the time football players, could participate their religious ceremonies during the mourning and night of the Tasooa.’

Speaking about the confrontation of Iranian teams with Saudi teams in the AFC Champions League held on neutral pitch, Asefi stated, ‘We have taken this issue seriously because the conditions are unusual and, of course, unfair.’

‘As this case has been referred to the High Court of Sports, naturally, this court is a higher pillar, and we have to wait,’ said Asefi pointing out that the events of the Iranian and Arab teams are on the agenda of the AFC Championship Committee.

‘To this end, we await for CAS ruling. However, keeping track of the case is still on our agenda because we want to use all our capacities and capabilities to achieve the desired outcome.’