Sepp Blatter is a Swiss former football administrator who served as the 8th President of the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) from 1998 to 2015.
In response to widespread demonstrations in the Islamic Republic of Iran sparked by the death of a woman while in the custody of the country’s morality police, Mr Blatter said Iran should be excluded from the World Cup.
“Iran should be excluded from the World Cup,” Switzerland’s Blick tabloid reported Blatter as saying on Friday.
It reported that the former FIFA president had, at a talk at its publisher’s headquarters, demanded “harsh consequences”, saying that he would have removed Iran from competition had he still been in charge.
According to a recent Reuters report, the ongoing protests across Iran pose one of the boldest challenges to the country’s clerical rulers since the 1979 Islamic Revolution which toppled the Shah regime.
Since the death of Iranian Kurdish lady, Mahsa Amini in September, following her imprisonment for allegedly disobeying Iran’s dress code enforced on women, Tehran has accused “foreign enemies” of inciting the unrest.
Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Tony Okerafor