Irate Iran boss Carlos Queiroz confronts journalist after questions on protests back in his homeland
‘Why don’t you ask Southgate?’: Angry Iran boss Carlos Queiroz confronts journalist after he questioned striker Mehdi Taremi about protests in his homeland…with former Manchester United assistant referring to the UK’s role in Afghanistan
- Carlos Queiroz has confronted a BBC journalist who asked him about the protests in Iran
- The country has experienced protests after the death of Mahsa Amini
- And Iran’s chief, Queiroz, was furious with a BBC Persia reporter who questioned him about it.
- He said ‘why don’t you ask Gareth Southgate’ about British policy in Afghanistan?
- The 69-year-old spoke ahead of his team’s clash against Wales on Saturday.
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Iran manager Carlos Queiroz confronted a BBC journalist who inquired about the protests in the country and demanded to know why he did not ask England boss Gareth Southgate about Britain’s Afghanistan policy.
Queiroz was outraged when BBC Persia reporter Shaimaa Khalil asked striker Mehdi Taremi about the protests sparked by the death of young Mahsa Amini in the country, at a press conference ahead of the national team’s match against Wales on Saturday. .
Former Manchester United number 2 Queiroz approached Khalil after the press conference and said: ‘I’m asking you one thing now. Why don’t you ask other trainers about other cultures? That’s fair.
‘Why don’t you ask Southgate: ‘What do you think of England and America leaving Afghanistan and all women alone?’
A group of journalists gathered, as Khalil defended his right to ask these questions, before Queiroz finally left the room.
The episode showed that the protests are affecting the coach and the team, who refused to sing the national anthem before losing 6-2 to England, in an act of solidarity with the protesters.
Iran’s irate chief Carlos Queiroz (top center) angrily confronted a BBC journalist on Thursday.
Queiroz was frustrated that a BBC Persia reporter asked striker Mehdi Taremi about the country’s protests for women’s rights, following the death of young Mahsa Amini last week.
Iranian fans and players have made their feelings known at the World Cup in Qatar
Taremi, who came under fire after celebrating a goal in a pre-tournament warm-up match against Uruguay, had twice said he would not say more about the protests, when Khalil asked him: ‘Your fans have been here cheering you on.
Your fans are back home cheering you on. There are also people on the street. What is your message to the protesters on the streets of Iran?’
He replied: ‘We are not under any pressure and the fact is that we have come here to play football, not only us, but all the players that are present here are Qatari. You do your job as a journalist.
“We have all kinds of journalists here and I think that in this space, when it is a space for sports and football, sports journalists can be present here, so that the fans can enjoy football. What is on the margin does not disturb this. I can not change it. Thousands of people like me can’t change it.’
Queiroz had spoken impressively before losing his cool. When a journalist suggested that it was not fair that Western journalists were allowed to challenge the Iranian regime, he said: It’s not about being fair or not.
They have the right to ask the questions they consider correct. We have the right to give the correct answers. This is not a problem for us.’
Queiroz refused to answer questions about the protests at a press conference last week.
Iran lost 6-2 to Gareth Southgate’s England in their opening match of the World Cup on Monday.
When asked about the escalation of protests in the country he leads last week, he replied: “I have no thoughts.”
‘How much do you pay me to answer that question? How much do you pay me? Talk to your boss and give me your answer,’ she added when asked about working for a country that oppresses women.
His last comment to a UK journalist was picked up by microphone: ‘Think about what happened in your country with immigration.’
Despite that parting shot at Iran’s Al Rayyan base west of Doha, Queiroz has actually been doing a very good job of maintaining a semblance of credibility for the country’s hapless football association, insisting that it be held. an interview at the team’s base in Vienna last month. where he was much more talkative, despite officials trying to shut him down.