Speaking via Twitter, Iran coach Carlos Queiroz has reacted angrily to comments made by former Germany striker Jürgen Klinsmann on British television following Iran’s win over Wales.
Former Tottenham player, Klinsmann, has been enlisted by the BBC as a pundit for the World Cup in Qatar and, in analysing Iran’s late win over Wales in Group B, the German suggested underhand tactics used by Queiroz’s side. “It is not by chance. It’s on purpose,” Klinsmann said. “It’s part of their culture, it’s how they play. They work the referee, linesman and fourth official. They make you lose your concentration.“ Queiroz took offence, writing on Twitter:
“Those remarks about Iran culture, Iran National Team and my players are a disgrace to Football… we would like to invite you as our guest, to come to our National Team camp, to socialize with Iran players and learn from them about the country… Despite your outrageous remarks on BBC trying to undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills, we promise you that we will not produce any judgments regarding your culture, roots and background and that you will always be welcome to our Family. At the same time, we [await a] decision from FIFA regarding your position as a member of Qatar 2022 Technical Study Group. Because, obviously, we expect you to resign before you visit our camp.”