The football federation of Iran has officially requested the world football governing body, FIFA, to suspend Israel’s football federation due to the ongoing conflict in Gaza.
An announcement published on the Iranian Football Federation’s website said that Iran has asked FIFA to suspend the Israeli federation from all football-related activities entirely.
The request also asks for “immediate and serious measures” by FIFA and its member associations “to prevent the continuation” of the Israeli “crimes and provide food, drinking water, medicinal and medical supplies to innocent people and civilians“.
The conflict in Gaza dates back to October7, with an unprecedented attack by Hamas militants against Isreal.
An AFP tally based on official Israeli figures, reveals that approximately 1,160 people, mostly civilians, lost their lives.
In response, Israel pledged to eradicate Hama.
They initiated air strikes and a ground offensive. The health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip reported that these actions resulted in the deaths of at least 27,947 people, primarily women and children.
On October 7, Iran had given Hamas a tap on the back over the attack, hailing it as a “success” but denied direct involvement, as the Islamic Republic does not recognize Israel and prohibits contact between Iranian and Israeli athletes.
Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged athletes in 2021 to avoid shaking hands with Israeli representatives.
This to them was a means to secure medals.
Consequently, a weightlifter, Mostafa Rajaei, was banned for life for shaking hands with an Israeli competitor in Poland.
This incident happened last August, and even resulted in the dismissal of the head of the delegation, Hamid Salehinia.
Additionally, Middle Eastern football associations, including Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, urged world football chiefs to ban Israel over the Gaza conflict with Hamas.