Iran football federation’s elections deferred

March 12, 2020 - 14:21

TEHRAN - The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) elective General Assembly was postponed.

FIFA had already ordered FFIRI to postpone the elections until the national governing body amends its current statutes.

World football’s governing body had sent a letter to the Iranian federation on Feb. 24, stressing that the event should be delayed.

The elections were scheduled for March 15 (Sunday).

The FFIRI provided some documents and appealed to FIFA so that the General Assembly could be held as planned.

The documents were not enough and FIFA asked FFIRI officials once again to revise the statutes before holding the elections.

FIFA had hinted that the current version of the FFIRI statutes contains several particularly problematic provisions such as government interference in the FFIRI elections.

On Monday, Iran’s Minister of Sport and Youth Masoud Soltanifar had expressed hope that FIFA would agree with FFIRI elections to be held on the scheduled time because the country faces a national emergency due to coronavirus outbreak.

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