Jan 27, 2016, 5:23 PM
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Iran deals 2nd crushing blow to Saudi Arabia, this time in sports

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA – Saudi officials did their best to challenge the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which was regarded as a very significant political success for the Islamic Republic of Iran but to no avail, analysts said on Wednesday.

The Saudis used every ploy to imply that Iran cannot guarantee the security of football matches as a host country but received a crushing response from their civilized neighbor, said the analysts.
Iran's Football Federation President Ali Kafashian who is also the executive member and head of Asian Futsal and Beach Soccer Federation in a meeting with Asian Football Confederation and his Saudi counterpart once again underlined that it is the legitimate right of the Islamic Republic of Iran to host football matches in its territory and oppose holding of such games in any third country.
It is heard that the Bahraini head of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Sheikh Salman who is to get a seat in the most important sporting organization the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has voiced tacit consent to Iran's call.
Sheikh Salman is well aware of Iran's high status in the region and believes that the vote of non-Arab representatives in Asia plays a key role in gettign a FIFA seat.
Asian Football Confederation under no circumstances can ignore Iran's significant role in the Asian continent and Sheikh Salman and his colleagues never want to ignore this fact, said the Analysts.
Iran's Football Federation President, Ali Kafashian has promised to do his utmost to maintain Iran's status and is to lodge a compliant with FIFA to prevent politicization of sports by Saudi Arabia and this will bring the Saudis another humiliating defeat after sustaining the first blow as a result of implementation of the JCPOA, the analysts said.
Asian Football Federation has postponed its decision on designating a third country to host football matches between Iran and Saudi Arabia till March 15 which indicates that officials at Asian Football Federation are unwilling to involve politics in sporting events, the analysts said.
There is no doubt that the Saudi Arabia will spend million of its petro-dollars to persuade officials at the Asian Football Confederation to back its policy but Saudi officials have previously proven that they lack vision as they have chosen the worst time to attain their goals, the analysts said.
As countdown has begun for elections within the Asian Football Confederation and Sheikh Salam has got the chance to secure a seat in the world top football decision making body, it seems very odd for him to approve Saudis' illogical demand, the analysts said.
Consecutive defeats suffered by Saudi Arabia in finding its way to World Cup as well as different tournaments, have urged Saudi officials to involve politics in sports in a bid to get rid of mounting pressures on them.
Tomorrow is a very important day for sports and Iran's football in particular and can bring as much happiness to the Iranian nation as implementation of the JCPOA did, the analysts said.
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