Iran shouldn't be banned from World Cup: Struck

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19 December 2005, BERLIN - A senior official of one of Germany's governing parties opposed Saturday calls to expel Iran from the football World Cup next year because of anti-Israel remarks by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad. "The footballers can't help it that they've got a crazy president," said Peter Struck, leader of the Social Democratic caucus in the Bundestag chamber of the German federal parliament. Ahmadinejad was placing "himself and his country outside the international community", said Struck, prev

19 December 2005

BERLIN - A senior official of one of Germany's governing parties opposed Saturday calls to expel Iran from the football World Cup next year because of anti-Israel remarks by President Mahmud Ahmadinejad.

"The footballers can't help it that they've got a crazy president," said Peter Struck, leader of the Social Democratic caucus in the Bundestag chamber of the German federal parliament.

Ahmadinejad was placing "himself and his country outside the international community", said Struck, previously Defence Minister under the former SPD-led government.

"We must all pillory this together," he added in comments to the Berlin Sunday newspaper BZ am Sonntag which were released a day before publication.

Leading Greens in Germany called during the week for Iran to be barred from next year's football tournament.

Thomas de Maiziere, the minister in charge of Chancellor Angela Merkel's office, said in remarks to another Sunday newspaper, Welt am Sonntag, that the proposal was "an interesting idea", but it was up to sports bodies to decide.

DPA

Subject: German news

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