The social gathering between Canada and Iran has raised a lot of controversy. In early 2020, a plane carrying, among other things, 55 Canadian citizens was shot down near Tehran. A total of 176 people were killed. Victims’ families and politicians have urged the federation to cancel its friendly meeting with Iran. The country’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, also spoke out on the matter, saying hosting the game was a bad idea.
Canada has canceled its friendly match against Iran. The federation gave no official reason
In the end, the social event between Canada and Iran will not take place. The Canadian Football Federation announced the cancellation of the event in a press release. “Over the past week, the geopolitical situation regarding hosting Iran has greatly divided the nation and spiral out of control. As a result, the match has been called off. We are now working to find a new opponent.” we read.
The federation also announced that it would refund fans all ticket money. Iran’s deputy sports minister tweeted that he was demanding $10 million in compensation from Canada for the canceled match. The federation’s decision was very well received by the families of the victims of the accident. “We are happy. It was the right decision. We feared that Iran’s relations with our country would not be normalized,” said Hamed Esmaeilion, spokesman for the association representing the victims of the accident. plane of 2020. His words were quoted on the InsideFootballWorld.com website.
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The Canadian national team qualified for the world championship for the first time in 36 years. At the World Cup in Qatar, they went to Group F, where they will face Belgium, Morocco and Croatia. Their potential rival will also play in this tournament. Group B Iran will face the United States, England and the winner of the European play-off (Scotland, Ukraine or Wales).
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