Iran wants to ban the USA from World Cup after USMNT social media posted an altered Iran flag

According to Iran media, the Iranian soccer federation is filing a complaint to FIFA after the United States men’s national team posted a picture that included an altered imagine of Iran’s flag.

On Friday the USMNT twitter account tweeted a photo of the Group B standings with one noticeable detail missing. In a show of solidarity with the protests taking place in Iran, the symbol of the Islamic Republic was removed from Iran’s flag.

The USMNT social media account had also removed the emblem from the Iran flag in the account’s banner photo which displayed the team’s World Cup schedule. The USA and Iran will play each other on Tuesday.

US Soccer Iran Flag Post

Harsh backlash was mixed with support from both sides of those on the Iran situation. The USMNT's social media post were deleted Sunday morning and the banner was changed back.

The USMNT then followed up with another post that had the Iran flag with the emblem.

The emblem features four curves with a sword between them, meaning “there is no God but Allah,” which is part of the Islamic declaration of faith.

Iran’s soccer federation is now asking FIFA to punish U.S. Soccer over the incident. The rule that they are pointing out to FIFA is section 13 on discrimination which states: “Any person who offends the dignity or integrity of a country, a person or group of people ... shall be sanctioned with a suspension lasting at least ten matches or a specific period, or any other appropriate disciplinary measure.”

This isn’t the only flag issue taking place. FIFA opened an investigation against Serbia after a hateful flag directed at Kosovo was allegedly hung in the team’s locker room before the game against Brazil.

Iran has had a politically fueled World Cup. In the opening game the players protested by not singing the national anthem. In the second game vs. Wales some players sang while loud boos could be heard from supporters.

Iran is also filing a complaint against former USMNT head coach Jürgen Klinsmann for his insensitive comments about the country’s national team and head coach Carlos Queiroz. 

Queiroz called Klinsmann’s comments a “disgrace to football” and urged him to resign from FIFA.

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