The Ukrainian Football Association called for this Iran be excluded from Art World Cup in Qatar.

The UAF Executive Committee reports that it has sent a request to the world governing body FIFA to expel Iran from the tournament, which begins on November 20, due to what the country calls “systematic violations of human rights” and “Iran’s possible participation in Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine.”

The World Cup kicks off against Iran England November 21.

Anti-government protests have gripped the Middle Eastern country following the death in custody of a 22-year-old woman Mahsa AminiSeptember 16.

Amini was arrested for allegedly violating Iran’s rules that require women to cover their hair with a hijab or headscarf.

A group of Iranian sports figures has already called on FIFA to ban the country from the tournament on the grounds that the inability of women to attend matches in the country is a breach of FIFA’s own articles.

Ukraine has now stepped up political pressure, citing the Iranian government’s treatment of its people and its conviction that the regime in Tehran supports Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A message on the official website of the UAF reads: “Taking into account the media information about the systematic violations of human rights in Iran, which may violate the principles and norms of the FIFA Statute, taking into account the resolution 2231 of the UN Security Council on the imposition of sanctions against Iran and Iran’s possible participation in military Russia’s aggression against Ukraine (the executive committee of the Football Federation of Ukraine made a decision) to appeal to FIFA with a request to consider the expulsion of the Iranian national team from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.”

FIFA has reached out for comment.

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