Canada Soccer Cancels Iran Soccer Friendlies | football news

MONTREAL: Canada’s football authorities canceled an upcoming friendly against Iran on Thursday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized the game.
“Canada Soccer has canceled the international match against Iran scheduled for June 5, 2022 as part of the men’s national team’s preparations for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,” Canada Soccer said in a brief statement.
No further information or reasons for the cancellation were given, but the decision comes after weeks of criticism from the Canadian government of the World Cup game that is set to be held Vancouver.
Trudeau reiterated to Canadian media on Tuesday that he was against the game and hinted that the Iranian team might not be allowed to enter the country.
“I have expressed concern that I think this game is a bad idea. I can assure you that Sport Canada did not provide any funding for this game,” Trudeau said.
“And in relation to the ability of those players to come to Canada and teams to come to Canada, Border Patrol agencies make professional and independent decisions about eligibility for people to come to Canada.”
Criticism of the decision to schedule the game has been spearheaded by families of passengers killed when Iranian forces shot down a Ukraine International Airlines flight shortly after takeoff from Tehran on January 8, 2020.
85 Canadian citizens and permanent residents were among the 176 people who died in the tragedy, which Iranian forces later described as a mistake.

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