Iran wants more time to meet FIFA’s requirements

June 29, 2020 - 18:16

TEHRAN - The Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has asked for a two-week opportunity to meet FIFA’s requirements regarding the football federation’s statutes.

The Iranian football federation sent the amended draft status to FIFA in early June, after FIFA threatened the federation to the possible global suspension over the problematic provisions of the current statutes.

FIFA accepted some proposed changes by the FFIRI such as removing the Minister of Sports and Youth and his deputy from the FFIRI General Assembly. Then, FFIRI was given a deadline of June 28 to amend and revise the statutes.

The major disagreement between the Iranian football federation and FIFA is about the legal nature of the federation. According to Article 1 of the amended statutes, the FFIRI is a “non-governmental public organization” while FIFA emphasizes that the football federation must be a private and independent organization.

But the title of “private organization” for the football federation runs counter to Iran's national law.

Mahmoud Eslamian, a member of the FFIRI’s board of directors, believes that it is impossible for FIFA to accept FFIRI as a "non-governmental public organization". Further, he called on President Hassan Rouhani to address the issue of amending the FFIRI’s statutes.

According to some reports, the Iranian Football Federation, in a letter sent to FIFA on Sunday, has called for more time to consider the legal aspects of this issue in order to meet FIFA’s requirements and resolve the misunderstandings between the parties.

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