If we were to consider respect for human rights as the basis for participating in any sporting competition, especially the soccer world cup, there would be very few countries that would have the right to play it.
One could begin to exclude from the organizers of the 2022 World Cup, Qatar, which does not shine for human rights and democracy. Since 2012, the year in which Qatar obtained the right to organize the 2022 World Cup, 6,500 workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died on construction sites for stadiums and other infrastructures.
It doesn’t work like that, for better or for worse. Function according to the Western standard of two weights and two measures.
That is, if we are dealing with countries considered enemies by the United States of America, such as Iran is evaluated, while for states such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, allies of the West, another yardstick is used.
Meanwhile, the pressure on FIFA is increasing with the request from the Shakhtar Donetsk football team that has joined the calls of the Iranian rights group “Open Stadiums” to ban the Iranian national football team from the World Cup in Qatar and replace it. with Ukraine, who lost the play-off match on 5 June against Wales 0-1.
Yesterday, the Ukrainian club issued a statement through CEO Sergei Palkin, who argues that such a move would be “historically and sportingly justified”.
“While the Iranian leadership will enjoy watching their national team play at the World Cup, the Ukrainians will be killed by Iranian drones and missiles. Nearly 250 of these drones have already attacked peaceful cities in Ukraine, “the statement read.
“The Shakhtar Football Club calls on FIFA and the entire international community to immediately ban the Iranian national team from playing at the World Cup for the country’s direct participation in the terrorist attacks against the Ukrainians,” added Palkin.
Palkin is not alone in asking for the Iranian team to be banned from the World Cup. “Open Stadium” sent a letter to FIFA on 30 September about it after the anti-government protests that have gripped the Persian country since Mahsa Amini’s death.
As Iranian football fans, with heavy heart we asked FIFA, due to ongoing human rights violation based on Articles 3-4 of its statutes, immediately expel Iran from # Qatar2022 Worldcup.
– OpenStadiums (@openStadiums) September 30, 2022
Meanwhile, Iran’s demands for exclusion have received mixed reactions from social media users. One user recalled the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, while another ridiculed the idea, suggesting that the games should be replayed until Ukraine wins.
Total nonsense, politics has no place in football. FIFA was wrong to ban Russia from the games would also be wrong to ban Iran from the games. Ukraine has 2 qualify like every other team. I can’t remember iraq & Afganistan given special treatment afta they were invaded by the USA https://t.co/4LdLOocsBb
– JUX BOX (@AzeezKash) October 24, 2022
???? “Ukraine should be at the World Cup. Iran deserves no place there!”
– FC SHAKHTAR ENGLISH (@FCShakhtar_eng) October 24, 2022
This is absurd. Can we replace the USA men’s team with the team from a country which has been bombed with US-manufactured weapons? Jesus, the double standard here
– Barnaby (@toomanybarnabys) October 24, 2022
To the CEO of Shakhtar Palkin, as to all the promoters of these appeals to exclude the Iranian national football team, a simple question should be asked: we also exclude Saudi Arabia which with its war of aggression against Yemen since 2015 has caused the death of thousands of Yemenis and disintegrated a country already considered the poorest in the Arab world? Above all, do we also exclude those like the USA, England, Spain, for example, who have supplied weapons to the Saudis for this aggression?
Not to mention the United States of America, with their wars of aggression from 1945 to today they would have participated in a few Olympics or World Cup football.
Whether sending drones or protests over Masha Amini’s death, the West is opening a very dangerous front of tension with Iran on Washington’s orders.