World Cup: Will Iran be kicked out due to new legal action over protests?

The United States national soccer team might not compete against the Islamic Republic of Iran in November’s men’s World Cup in Qatar due to a legal initiative seeking to ban Iran because of its violent crackdown on women and protesters.

Fox News Digital obtained a seven-page letter that the Spain-based law firm Ruiz-Huerta & Crespo sent to Gianni Infantino, president of FIFA (International Federation of Association Football), soccer’s governing body, declaring, “It is indisputable that the behavior of the Iranian Football Federation towards women within the Iranian Football hemisphere completely contravenes FIFA’s gender equality and gender justice agenda and is no doubt a clear violation of FIFA’s Statutes and Regulations.”

The letter added, “We urge FIFA Council to take responsibility and issue a decision suspending the Iranian Football Federation’s membership until they take adequate measures to ensure women can enter stadia across the country and participate in all the competitions organized by FIFA.”

In this Wednesday, Sept.  21, 2022, photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press, and obtained by the AP outside Iran, protesters make fire and block the street during a protest over the death of a woman who had been detained by the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran.

In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022, photo taken by an individual not employed by the Associated Press, and obtained by the AP outside Iran, protesters make fire and block the street during a protest over the death of a woman who had been detained by the morality police, in downtown Tehran, Iran.
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The legal action was initiated by Iranian dissidents, including elite athletes, “who are concerned about the current situation in Iran.” Iran has been blanketed with demonstrations against the theocratic regime since a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, was allegedly murdered by the regime’s morality police last month.

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