That’s what politicians say when Sepp Blatter calls for the exclusion of Iran
“Hope for a signaling effect for the Bundesrat”
Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter wants to exclude the mullahs’ state from the World Cup in Qatar because of the regime’s continued violence against the population in Iran. Politicians react to the demand very differently.
In just over a week, the FIFA World Cup will begin in Qatar. The final will then be held here at the Lusail Stadium.
Pascal TischhauserDeputy Head of Policy
That whoever leads the war must not play football was heard at the European Football Championship in 1992. The former Yugoslavia was excluded from the tournament. Christian Wasserfallen (41), Bern National Councilor of the FDP, points this out. “But it is not up to politicians to decide how a war or an open civil war can be compared to the situation in Iran, that must be decided by Fifa as the organizer of the World Cup in Qatar,” he says.
Wasserfallen plays FIFA World Cup football. In a lecture on Blick, its former president Joseph Blatter (86) demanded that the latest developments in Iran be countered by the expulsion of the Iranian football team. Finally, due to the war of aggression against Ukraine, Russia should not be involved either.
Even school children were arrested
Since the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the moral and religious police for wearing “un-Islamic” clothing, the population has taken to the streets against the mullahs’ regime. It responds with violence that repeatedly results in death. The organizers of the Iranian rally last Saturday in Bern even reported that even school children were arrested, raped and brutally murdered.
Like Christian Wasserfallen, Green National Council member Natalie Imboden (52) does not consider Sepp Blatter’s demand for expulsion wrong. But he says: “It is important that the Federal Council in Switzerland acts on Iran!” But you understand the request. “If for once sport reacted faster than politics, hopefully this will have a signaling effect on the Bundesrat.” He just hopes “that the unjust regime of the mullahs will be stopped quickly and the fight against their own population, especially against women, will be ended”. SP Flavia Wasserfallen (43) of the Bern National Council also wants Switzerland to accept EU sanctions.
Where is the neutrality?
Fifa expert Roland Rino Büchel (57) has a different opinion. The SVP National Council says: “During his tenure as FIFA president, Sepp Blatter has always taken the position: There is a lot of injustice in the world, but sport is not a place where we can remove it all.” If the athletes met on the field and competed in a hopefully fair competition, “it might help move things in the right direction.”
And Büchel complains: “Now Sepp Blatter is even involved in the neutrality initiative committee and at the same time he is making this demand for expulsion. They are obviously taking sides, it really doesn’t go together.”
Blatter and Infantino’s absence would be enough
And the president of the Center, Gerhard Pfister (60), even mocks on Twitter, “this proven FIFA expert on good governance is wrong”. Banning players from tournaments “because they did something to participate” doesn’t make sense. Even the absence of officials like Blatter and his successor Gianni Infantino (52) would be enough. (fri)