Why was the 2022 international friendly match cancelled?

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Canada and Iran were scheduled to play an international friendly on June 5 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver in preparation for the 2022 World Cup, but the match was called off. Find out here why the match that was to be played between Canada and Iran has been canceled.

Lucas Cavallini of Canada
© Guillermo Legaria/Getty ImagesLucas Cavallini of Canada

The national teams have started their preparation for the World Cup 2022 which will be held from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar. 32 countries will participate in the most important football tournament in the world, but only one will be crowned world champion 2022, France is the defending champion.

Canada qualified for the World Cup after 36 years, after a great qualifying campaign. Finished in first place CONCACAF ranking with 28 points and only two games lost. Iran was another country to qualify for Qatar 2022. The national team led by Dragan Skocic qualified first in Group A of the Asian qualifiers with 25 points and only one game lost.

Iran will be in Group B of the World Cup with Englandthe United Statesand Euro Dam (Wales, ScotlandWhere Ukraine). While Canada will be part of Group F with Belgium, Croatiaand Morocco. Iran and Canada being in different groups, they had agreed to play a friendly match on June 5, but the match was called off.

Why was the 2022 international friendly match cancelled?

Canada Soccer has canceled the scheduled friendly match with Iran amid growing criticism. The governing body gave no reason for the cancellation of the game scheduled for June 5 at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver. But the idea of ​​hosting the Iranian team has been condemned since it was first announced. And we think that’s what caused the game to be suspended.

The match that was to be played out between Canada and Iran drew scorn from the families of those who died aboard flight PS752 when the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) shot down the plane in 2020. The International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down in January. On January 8, 2020, a few minutes after taking off from Tehran, by an Iranian surface-to-air missile. The Canadian government says 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents were among the 176 people killed.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said last week that the game “wasn’t a very good idea”. The Association of Families of the Victims of Flight PS752 called on Canada Soccer “to cancel the game immediately”. The families said the exhibition match was an insult to those who still seek justice for their loved ones.

“We are happy,” said Hamed Esmaeilion, spokesperson for the association representing the families of the victims in Canada after the match was suspended. “It’s the right thing to do”. Iran, for its part, has not stood idly by. Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, on Tuesday accused Canada of politicizing the match.

“Canada Soccer has canceled the international match scheduled to take place on June 5, 2022 against Iran as part of the men’s national team preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. Additional details will be provided to all ticket purchasers,” Canada Soccer said in a brief statement.

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