FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura warned Iran that FIFA and AFC are strongly opposing any use of legal threats and intimidation of any sort by anyone against a person or a group of persons.
The Football Federation Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has been recently ordered to pay Marc Wilmots an amount of approximately six million euros after the Belgian coach filed a complaint against Iran to FIFA.
According to the statement, ‘’It has been brought to our attention through various credible sources including media outlets quoting senior officials of FFIRI have apparently been “charged for negligence in performing their duties” by the General Inspection Agency.
”In view of the recent decision rendered by the FIFA Players’ Status Committee in the context of an employment-related dispute, whereby IRIFF was ordered to pay to the former coach of the national team, Mr. Marc Wilmots, an amount of approximately six million euros.
” We also understand that further investigation and legal prosecution are to come from the General Attorney of Tehran on the same,” Samoura wrote in a letter to FFIRI Secretary-General Mehdi Mohammad Nabi.
“First and foremost, we would like to emphasize that FIFA and AFC are strongly opposing any use of legal threats and intimidation of any sort by anyone against a person or a group of persons, particularly in the context of an attempt to exercise undue authority over a Member Association, thus violating the latter’s autonomy.”
Daily Times reports that in May, FIFA had set a short deadline for the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) to either amend its statues or face global suspension.
In a letter received on May 29, FIFA has objected to FFIRI’s recently drafted statues, demanding its amendment according to FIFA’s rules. FFIRI has until June 5 to comply or face an international suspension, the state-run Mehr News Agency reported on May 30.
FFIRI submitted its updated draft statues to FIFA in mid-May. FIFA had previously banned FFIRI from holding its elections due to concerns over potential government interference in its affairs.