Canadian football has canceled its friendship plan with Iran due to much criticism.
In a one -paragraph claim, the government gave no reason to cancel a game scheduled for June 5 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
But the idea of hosting the Iranian team, ranked 21st in the world, has been condemned since it was first announced.
The problem is whether Canada should host Iran because a Canadian was killed on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 when it was shot down on January 8, 2020, minutes after flying from Tehran, by Iranian surface-to-air missiles. The Canadian government says 55 Canadians and 30 permanent residents include 176 people killed.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week the game was “not a very good idea,” pointing a finger at Canadian Football. The PS752 Flight Victims Family Association called on Football Canada to “immediately cancel the game.”
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Association spokesman Hamed Esmaeilion, whose wife Parisa and young daughter Reera were among those killed on Flight 752, said in an interview last week. “What kind of friendship do we have with the Islamic Republic of Iran?
“We want the (Canadian) government to take him to an international court. And instead, we get humiliated by them. I feel like I’ve been stabbed in the back-(as well as) other family members. After 28 months, we don’t see any signs of fine. justice here.We see no sign of taking Iran to an international forum.And instead he invited the (Iranian) football team here.
Conservative lawmakers added their voices in protest on Wednesday. And the PM said this week that it would be the Canadian Border Services Agency if Iranian teams were allowed to enter the country.
Ralph Goodale, Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK, added a vote Wednesday to the dissenting choir.
“Canada Soccer’s behavior is disrespectful. This is a question about the competence and values of the organization,” he tweeted.
In March 2020, Goodale became special adviser to the PM “for Canada’s response to the Iranian shooting of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752.”
The Iranian game became the first of a two-game Vancouver homestand. The Canadians open the CONCACAF Nations League A there against Curacao on June 9 before closing the FIFA international window with another CONCACAF Nations League match against Honduras in San Pedro Sula on June 13.
Canada, ranked 38th in the world, and Iran are both preparing for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar this November.
For Canadian Football, the Iranian contest is a rare opportunity to test Canadians against teams outside the CONCACAF confederation, which includes North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Canada has only played two teams from outside the region since John Herdman became coach in January 2018: a 1-0 loss to Iceland in January 2020 and a 1-0 win against New Zealand in March 2018.
The FIFA International window opens on Monday, with players coming from clubs from around the world. Now he will get a longer training period than the match before the CONCACAF State League match.
Canada have not played in their home country since qualifying for the World Cup with a 4-0 win against Jamaica at Toronto’s BMO Field on 27 March. The Canadian last played at BC Place in March 2019 when he beat French Guiana 4-1 in the CONCACAF Nations League Qualifiers.
Canada led the final round of CONCACAF qualifiers with an 8-2-4 record. The last match was a 1-0 loss to Panama on March 30th.
Canada has an all-time 1-2-0 record against Iran, winning their most recent match 1-0 in April 2001 in Cairo. Iran won 1-0 in the 1997 and 1999 games in Toronto and Edmonton.
Canada open their World Cup match on November 23 against Belgium No. 2 before facing Croatia No. 16 on November 27 and Morocco No. 24 on December 1.