Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has publicly called on Jurgen Klinsmann to resign from his role in FIFA’s Technical Study Group after labeling his comments about the Iranian team as “an embarrassment to football”.
Speaking in his pundit role on the BBC after Iran’s 2-0 win over Wales at the World Cup on Friday, Klinsmann suggested that the Iranian players have a cultural predisposition to harassing referees for cheap fouls and that, as their manager, Queiroz was suitable for that. style of tactics.
“That’s their culture, that’s their way of doing things,” Klinsmann said. “That is why Carlos Queiroz fits very well with the Iranian national team. He wrestled in South America, failed to qualify with Colombia and then failed to qualify with Egypt as well. Just before the World Cup, he went back and led Iran where he worked for a long time.
“This is not a coincidence, it is all on purpose. It’s part of their culture and how they play it, they worked the referee perfectly. The bench always jumped up and worked the linesman and the fourth official on the sidelines. They are constantly in your ear and your face. Keiffer Moore will probably tell you some stories after this game, he had a lot of little incidents that we didn’t see.
“This is their culture. They make you lose focus and concentration, which is really important to you.”
But in a remarkable series of posts on Twitterhas Queiroz hit back at Klinsmann – criticizing his comments and his perceived sense of superiority.
He invited the former Germany international and US coach to the Iranian camp to change his stance, but only if the 58-year-old resigned from his role in Fifa’s Technical Study Group – the team of former players and coaches led by Arsene Wenger provided analytical reports of every World Cup match for the governing body.
In his tweets, Queiroz wrote: “Dear Jurgen; You took the initiative to call me Carlos, so I think it’s appropriate to call you Jurgen. Right? Even if you don’t know me personally, you question my character with a typical biased superiority judgment.
“No matter how much I can respect what you did on the pitch, those comments about the culture of Iran, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football. No one can harm our integrity if it is not at our level naturally.
“Even saying it, we would like to invite you as our guest to come to our national team camp, socialize with Iranian players and learn from them about the country, the people of Iran, the poets and art, the algebra, all millennial Persian culture.
“And also listen to our players how much they love and respect football. As an American/German, we understand that you have no support. No problem. And despite your outrageous comments on the BBC trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills, promise We assure you that we will not judge your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome in our family.
“At the same time, we want to follow with full attention what the decision of FIFA will be regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 Technical Study Group. Because of course we expect you to resign before visiting our camp.
Iran’s 2-0 win over Wales, which saw the sending off of Welsh goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, kept their hopes alive to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup for the first time. B.