US returns Islamic emblem to Iran flag as Tehran threatens to go to FIFA

The US soccer federation has restored the Islamic Republic emblem to its postings showing Iran’s flag, after its removal drew widespread attention as well as threats from Tehran.

“We wanted to show our support for the women in Iran with our graphic for 24 hours,” the federation says.

Safiollah Fagahanpour, a legal adviser to the Iranian Football Federation, indicates that world soccer federation FIFA will be asked to suspend the US men’s soccer team for 10 games in response to the flag move, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim reports.

Fagahanpour says the display violated FIFA’s ethics rules, which mandate a minimum 10-game suspension for racist behavior.

“The action conducted in relation to the Iranian flag is unethical and against international law,” Fagahanpour is quoted saying.

There is no immediate response from FIFA.

The US plays Iran Tuesday in a high-stakes, win-or-go-home match in Qatar.



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