جمعه ۳۱ شهریور ۱۳۹۶ تهران ۱۷:۳۵
Iran's Soccer Match in England Called Off Due to Security Concerns
A soccer match set for Saturday between Iran and a British team has been called off due to security concerns in connection with the recent bus and subway bombings in London. A joint statement from the Iranian Football Federation and the Millwall Football Club says British police have evidence that "elements not associated" with the Millwall team are "hell-bent on causing problems" at the match that was to have been played in England.
Millwall has a history of attracting right wing elements. Last year, the team was charged by Britain's Football Association over racist behaviour by its supporters.
The Iranian team -- which has already qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals -- has played one match (against QPR) during its tour of England without incident. It is next scheduled to play Portsmouth on August 4.