Iranian clubs threaten to withdraw if competition resumes

Disciplinary Committee of the Football Federation of the Islamic Republic of Iran (FFIRI) has urged the teams not to withdraw from the Iran Professional League (IPL) if the competition resumes.

In a letter sent to the FFIRI on Monday, seven teams — including Tractor, Machine Sazi, Shahr Khodro, Paykan, Naft Masjed Soleyman, Nassaji, and Pars Jonoubi — announced that they will withdraw from the league if the competition resumes, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Iran Football League Organisation announced earlier that the league, which has been suspended for four months amid the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on June 24.

“Any provocative interviews as well as making false and untrue statements about the resumption of the Iranian football league will be considered a disciplinary violation according to the regulation … and will result in the suspension of the offending person or team,” said by Abolfazl Hassanzadeh Mohammadi, head of the FFIRI’s disciplinary committee.