Gregg Berhalter flees Iran controversy: ‘It’s more of a football match’

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The US coach does not comment on the speeches of the former coach Jürgen Klinsmann, considered racist by the Iranian Federation

The technician of United States🇧🇷 Gregg Berhalterhe did not want to enter into controversy this Monday, on the eve of his selection’s match against Wantfrom Group B of world Cup🇧🇷 In the pre-match press conference, the coach received several political questions, but chose to focus on football, more precisely on the decisive match. Al Thumama Stadium🇧🇷

“I came here to talk about the United States, no Jurgen Klinsman🇧🇷 It’s better to ask him. When I think about that match, I know it involves other things, other feelings. But for us it’s just another football match against a good team, a duel that has become knockout, with both teams looking to qualify. This is how we think about this meeting. Sport must bring countries together, as we saw at the Olympics. Like brothers” the coach said.

The coach apologized for the controversial issues brought forward directly or indirectly by the United States. The Iranian Football Federation has asked Fifa to exclude the American team from the World Cup because the country’s federation changed the flag of Iran, in a post on social networks, in an attempt to support women’s rights in the Middle Eastern country.

To make matters worse, in recent days, Jürgen Klinsmann has made statements that Iranians consider racist. The German has strong ties to the US having previously commanded the country’s national team.

“I don’t know about international politics, I’m a coach. I can’t answer these things. We have no idea what is being done, what is being published. I don’t want to seem like I don’t care, but these players have worked a lot to get here and we we are focused on our work. We just have to apologize, on behalf of the players and our staff.”

Captain Tyler Adams has stated that he supports the Iranian people. “We support the Iranian people and the team. But we are focused on the game, as are they. It will be very important for our campaign and I think they feel the same way,” he said.

The United States has bad memories of matches against Iran. The coach, as a commentator, watched the Iranian team defeat the Americans 2-1 at the 1998 World Cup. “That match still burns in my memory. Only one team took the field to claim victory, and it was the Iran”. finished.

Iran is in second place in Group B, with three points, against two for the United States. The Iranian team advances with a draw, provided Wales, with one, do not overtake them on goal difference if they beat leaders England with four points.

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