FIFA, Iran still in dis­pute over fed­er­a­tion’s statutes: Of­fi­cial

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FIFA and Iran Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion are still in a dis­pute over the fed­er­a­tion’s statutes, said Mah­moud Es­lamian, a mem­ber of the fed­er­a­tion’s pre­sid­ing board. The Ira­nian fed­er­a­tion had made amend­ments to its statutes – re­quired by FIFA – be­fore the in­ter­na­tional foot­ball body’s June 5 dead­line.

How­ever, the ma­jor un­set­tled is­sue be­tween the two or­ga­ni­za­tions re­mains the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the fed­er­a­tion.

“FIFA in­sists that all fed­er­a­tions of its state mem­bers have to be run in­de­pen­dently – rather than by the gov­ern­ment,” Es­lamian said.

“We have brought up the is­sue with the gov­ern­ment and the Sport Min­istry as the fed­er­a­tion is not the sole de­ci­sion maker in the mat­ter,” the fed­er­a­tion’s of­fi­cial added.

“I be­lieve the Pres­i­dent [Has­san Rouhani] needs to weigh in on the is­sue to avoid ma­jor blows to the coun­try’s sport,” Es­lamian said, adding that foot­ball is a “source of joy” for Ira­nian peo­ple.

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