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FIFA is under pressure to give Ukraine Iran’s World Cup spot.

Sergei Palkin, the chief executive of FC Shakhtar Donetsk, accused Iran of “direct involvement in terrorist attacks against Ukrainians” and that his own nation’s team play in Qatar as a replacement.

Sergei Palkin stated further more. “This will be a fair decision that should bring a regime that kills its best citizens and aids in the killing of Ukrainians to the attention of the entire world. The Iranian authorities will enjoy watching their national team compete at the World Cup, but Iranian drones and Iranian missiles will murder Ukrainians. One day before his club plays against Celtic in the Champions League, Palkin announced in a statement that “over 250 such drones have already assaulted peaceful cities of Ukraine.”

Iran will play England in the tournament’s second game on November 21 before facing Wales and the United States in Group B. Wales qualified after defeating Ukraine in the semifinal match that was postponed from March due to the conflict in June.
A request for comment from FIFA did not immediately receive a response. For FIFA to substitute a European team for an Asian side at the World Cup, however, would be unprecedented if an Asian team were suspended.
Although Yugoslavia was prevented from trying to qualify for the 1994 World Cup after sanctions were imposed by the United Nations during the war in the Balkans, the world governing body of football does not typically suspend member federations because of military decisions made by a national government.

FIFA typically only suspends national teams when it finds that the government of the nation has meddled with the autonomous operation of the national football association.

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