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IRAN’S foot­ball fed­er­a­tion (FFI) has re­jected the res­ig­na­tion of na­tional team coach Car­los Queiroz and wants to keep him in the job, ac­cord­ing to news re­ports yes­ter­day. FFI of­fi­cial Amir Abe­dini told the ISNA news agency that the FFI aims to mediate in a dis­pute be­tween the for­mer Bafana Bafana and Real Madrid men­tor, and club coaches. Queiroz did not re­turn with the team from a train­ing camp in Dubai after sev­eral club coaches com­plained that the camp took place, although a sched­uled friendly with Morocco was called off, and that their in­ter­ests were not taken into ac­count by the Por­tuguese coach. The dis­pute re­port­edly an­gered the 63-year-old to such a de­gree that he stayed in Dubai, while send­ing sev­eral play­ers home from the camp. In ad­di­tion, Team Melli are not im­press­ing at the mo­ment although they lead their qual­i­fy­ing group for the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia. Queiroz has been in charge of the team since 2011 and has been in­volved in dis­putes be­fore. His cur­rent con­tract runs un­til 2018. – DPA

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