Iranian manager clashes with BBC reporter in Qatar


Carlos Queiroz asked the reporter why other coaches weren’t confronted with ‘political’ questions

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz asked why his England counterpart Gareth Southgate was not asked about topics such as Afghanistan, as the manager spoke to a BBC reporter during the World Cup in Qatar.

Iran play their second Group B game against Wales on Friday, but squad members spent time at press conferences answering questions about the protests in their home country following the death of Mahsa Amini, 22, in police custody in September.

The Iranian team remained silent during the national anthem ahead of their first defeat against England on Monday – which was seen by many as a show of support for the protests.

Questions on the subject continued as Queiroz faced the media on Thursday alongside striker Mehdi Taremi, who scored twice in the 6-2 loss to England.

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Queiroz, who is Portuguese, first defended the right of journalists to ask a series of questions, saying: “They have the right, the press has the right to ensure that the questions they understand are the right questions.”

“It’s important that if we respond to what we want, you have to respect that as well. We don’t want to mix those kinds of issues up when you play football,” added the 69-year-old.

But after the event, Queiroz spoke directly to BBC Persia journalist Shaimaa Khalil, demanding to know why England manager Southgate was not asked about topics such as Afghanistan during his engagements with the hurry.

“I ask you something now: why don’t you ask the other coaches questions? It’s only justice “, Queiroz was heard saying amid a crowd of reporters.

“Why don’t you ask Southgate, ‘What do you think of England and the United States leaving Afghanistan and all the women alone?'”

Khalil insisted she asked Iranian striker Taremi about the protests because “He’s an Iranian player” and the problem is “about his country.”

Queiroz made similar criticisms of members of the Western media earlier during the tournament in Qatar.

After a press conference, he was heard telling a British Sky News reporter to“Think about what happened in your country with immigration”after a politically charged question.

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Iran continue their World Cup campaign against Wales at Al Rayyan’s Ahmed bin Ali Stadium on Friday, before facing the United States at Al Thumama on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Islamic nation has faced protests in the country since Amini’s death in September, after she was detained for allegedly breaking moral standards by not wearing the hijab properly.

An autopsy later determined that Amini did not die from physical abuse, but from cerebral hypoxia or lack of oxygen to the brain, according to a coroner’s report.

Amini’s death was caused by a pre-existing condition, the document states, stating that Amini had underlying conditions resulting from surgery on a benign brain tumor she had when she was eight years old. .


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