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Qatar 2022: Canada cancels friendship with Iran after criticism

Qatar 2022: Canada cancels friendship with Iran after criticism

Football officials Canada The friendly match scheduled for this Thursday has been canceled Iran After receiving many criticisms, led by the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.

“Canada Soccer has canceled the international tournament scheduled for June 5, 2022. Iran As part of the preparations for the national team for men World Cup Qatar 2022“, The organization said in a statement, which did not comment on the results.

Want to play friendly Vancouver One of the few international competition windows preparing Qatar 2022With what Canada Mexico qualified for the first time since 1986.

The decision comes after several weeks of controversy surrounding the organization of the match, which Trudeau described as a “bad idea”.

Criticisms also arose from the families of the passengers who were shot down by the Iranian military shortly after the departure of a Ukraine International Airlines flight. Tehran On January 8, 2020.

The tragedy, which Iran later claimed was the result of a mistake, killed 176 people, including 85 Canadians.

The Canadian government welcomed the cancellation of the friendship.

“We commend Canada Soccer for making this decision and look forward to inspiring our men’s football team during the 2022 World Cup,” said Sports Minister Pascal Saint-Onge.

“Bad idea”

Speaking to local media on Tuesday, he said, Justin Trudeau He reiterated his opposition to the party, recommending that members of the Iranian team not be allowed to enter the country.

“I express my concern because I think this match is a bad idea. I assure you that Sport Canada (National Sports Agency) did not fund the match,” he said. Trudeau.

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The Prime Minister further said about the entry of players and teams Canada“Border Service Agencies make professional and independent decisions about the eligibility of individuals entering the country”.

Pressure on the Canadian Football Association intensified within a week, especially after reports emerged that the body was paying Iran $ 400,000 to take part in the tournament.

“This behavior of Canada Soccer is disgusting,” Ralph Goodell, the Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, wrote on Twitter. (AFP)

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