First VP Lauds FIFA Ef­forts to De­politi­cize Foot­ball

Iran News - - DOMESTIC -

TEHRAN (FNA)- First Vice-Pres­i­dent Eshaq Ja­hangiri ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the In­ter­na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tions for all ef­forts of the in­ter­na­tional body to avoid po­lit­i­cal is­sues in foot­ball.

Ja­hangiri made the re­marks in a meet­ing with Pres­i­dent of the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (AFC) Shaikh Sal­man bin Ebrahim Al Khal­ifa in Tehran on Satur­day hours be­fore the foot­ball match be­tween Iran’s Perse­po­lis and Ja­pa­nese Kashima Antlers to be held at Azadi Sta­dium.

“World and Asian foot­ball lovers will watch to­day’s game and I hope we will see an in­ter­est­ing and fair game, so that all the foot­ball lovers en­joy,” said the Ira­nian official.

He said that Iran has made every ef­fort to be an ef­fec­tive mem­ber of AFC, adding, “The Ira­nian govern­ment has sup­ported all the sports fields, es­pe­cially foot­ball for both men’s and women’s, to pro­mote it through­out the coun­try.”

He urged the Asian Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion not to let po­lit­i­cal is­sues to af­fect foot­ball and to make more ef­forts to in­crease in­tegrity be­tween the Asian coun­tries.

Ja­hangiri hailed the AFC’s sup­ports of Iran, urg­ing the AFC pres­i­dent to smooth the way for Ira­nian rep­re­sen­ta­tives to be elected in the di­rect­ing board of the Asian Foot­ball con­fed­er­a­tion and its sub­sidiary com­mit­tees.

Shaikh Sal­man, for his part, said that Iran’s foot­ball plays an im­por­tant role on both Asian and world scales.

“Iran’s foot­ball has shown shin­ing per­for­mance in all cat­e­gories, es­pe­cially in 2018 World Cup.

He also re­ferred to the AFC congress, which was held in the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur re­cently, stress­ing that it dis­played the sol­i­dar­ity among the AFC mem­bers.

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