Iran claims 'conspiracies' isolating football team
23 January 2006, TEHRAN - Iran on Saturday said that political "conspiracies" were underway to isolate the Iranian national football team before the World Cup in Germany, the news agency Mehr reported.
23 January 2006
TEHRAN - Iran on Saturday said that political "conspiracies" were underway to isolate the Iranian national football team before the World Cup in Germany, the news agency Mehr reported.
"We have so far faced several political conspiracies aimed at isolating Iran ahead of the World Cup and not letting the team have a dominant performance in Germany," deputy head of the Iranian Football Federation (FFI), Nasser Nomaouz, told Mehr.
Iran has so far failed to find a country ready to play against the national team in test games before the World Cup, reportedly due to anti-Semitic remarks by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the country's defiance to stop its controversial nuclear programmes.
"The enemies of Iran will not stop their efforts to isolate the country and will use all possible means in this regard," the FFI deputy said, referring in particular to cancellations by Romania and Ukraine despite initial agreements to play against Iran in Tehran's Azadi stadium.
"We will from now on continue our contacts with other teams in a secret manner in order to avoid further political conspiracies," he said but still disclosed that agreements have been reached with Belarus and Spain.
Iran has been drawn in Group D and will play against Angola, Mexico and Portugal.
Subject: German news