Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has hit back at German football icon Jürgen Klinsmann, who has criticized his team’s conduct at the World Cup. The Portuguese called his comments “an embarrassment for football” and called on him to step down as a FIFA adviser.
Acting as a BBC commentator, Klinsmann accused Iran of pressuring the referee during their 2-0 injury-time win over Wales on Friday (25) and said Queiroz’s history with other teams made him the right choice. for Iran.
“It’s part of their culture, the way they play. Carlos fits in very well with this national team and its culture. It’s not a coincidence. It’s all on purpose. It’s part of their culture, it’s how they play. referee. Just look at the bench, the way they jumped on the assistant and the fourth official. There’s a lot you don’t see. This is their culture, they kind of take the focus away. They make you lose concentration, and this is something important. And then they take him out of the game,” he said.
Iran faces the United States in a decisive Group B match on Tuesday (29) and has a chance to reach the round of 16 for the first time.
Queiroz, 69, who has coached Real Madrid, Portugal and Manchester United and is in his second spell as Iran manager, said no one could undermine the integrity of his team.
“You question my character with a typical prejudiced judgment of superiority,” he said in a message to Klinsmann on social media, in comments shared by the Iran team.
“No matter how much I may respect what you’ve done on the pitch, these remarks about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football.”
Queiroz said Klinsmann, as a member of FIFA’s special technical study group, would still be welcome to visit Iran’s camp, socialize with the team, learn about Persian culture and observe how much its players love and respect football.
“Despite your outrageous comments on the BBC, trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and abilities, we promise that we will not pass any judgments on your culture, roots and background. You will always be welcome in our family,” said Queiroz.
“At the same time, we just want to follow very closely what FIFA’s decision will be regarding your position… Obviously, we expect you to resign before visiting our camp.”