Klinsmann to “calm down” the row of Queiroz
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Jurgen Klinsmann says he wants to speak to Carlos Queiroz to “calm things down” after the Iran coach said the German’s criticism of his team is a “disgrace to football”.
Queiroz tweeted that the statements “undermine our efforts, sacrifices and skills” and invited him to his camp.
He also asked him to resign from the FIFA World Cup technical study group.
Responding on Sunday morning, Klinsmann, a World Cup winner with Germany in 1990, told BBC Breakfast: “There were things really out of context. I’ll try to call him and calm things down.
“I have never criticized Carlos or the Iranian bench. Even some thought I was criticizing the referee because he did nothing about his behavior on the bench.
“Everything I’ve described is his emotional way of doing things, which is really admirable in a way. The whole bench lives the game. They’re jumping up and down and Carlos is a very emotional coach, he’s constantly on the sidelines trying -ho. give his players all his energy and direction.”
What had Klinsmann said?
Speaking to the BBC after the 2-0 win against Wales on Friday, former striker Klinsmann said: “Carlos fits in very well with the national team and their culture, he failed in South America with Colombia and then he did not qualify with Egypt, and he arrived just before the World Cup with Iran, where he worked for a long time.
“It’s not a coincidence, it’s part of their culture, how they play.
“They worked the referee. They work the linesman and the fourth official, they’re constantly in their ear. There were a lot of incidents that we didn’t see. That’s their culture, they take you out of your game.”
How did Queiroz respond?
In a series of tweets on Saturday night, Queiroz wrote: “Even without knowing me personally, you question my character with typical prejudicial superiority judgment.
“As much as I can respect what you did on the pitch, these remarks about Iranian culture, the Iranian national team and my players are a disgrace to football.”
He invited Klinsmann to the team’s camp to meet the players and learn about the country and its culture and “hear from our players how much they love and respect football.”
The former Manchester United assistant added: “At the same time, we just want to follow closely what FIFA’s decision will be regarding your position as a member of the Qatar 2022 technical study group. Because , obviously, we expect you to. resign before you visit our camp.”
The technical study group is led by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and provides World Cup analysis to see how the game is progressing.
Iran lost their opening game 6-2 to England before beating Wales and will face the USA in their final group game on Tuesday.
They play the tournament against the backdrop of anti-government protests at home.
Iran players they sang their national anthem before Friday’s World Cup game against Wales after not doing so before their first game against England.
Earlier in the tournament, Queiroz criticized Iran fans for not supporting the team Defeat 6-2 against England.
He also confronted a BBC reporter at a pre-Wales press conference asking why England manager Gareth Southgate does not face the same level of questioning on political issues as he does.
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